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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: Sule Gwarzo <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 08:31:32 -0500
Subject: Business Partnership.

FROM: Alhaji Sule Gwarzo.
Federal Ministry of Works & Housing
Lagos, Nigeria.

Dear sir


I am interested in your partnership in business dealing. This business proposal I wish to intimate you with is of mutual benefit and its success is entirely based on mutual trust, cooperation and a high level of confidentiality as regard this transaction.

I am the Chairman of the Contract Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH). I am seeking your assistance to enable me transfer the sum of US$16,500,000.00 (Sixteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your private/company account. The fund came about as a result of a contract awarded and executed on behalf of my Ministry the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

The contract was supposed to be awarded to two foreign contractors to the tune of US$60,000,000.00 (Sixty Million United States Dollars). But in the course of negotiation, the contract was awarded to a Bulgarian contractor at the cost of US$43,500,000.00 (Forty-Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to my benefit unknown to the contractor.

This contract has been satisfactorily executed and inspected as the Bulgarian firm is presently securing payment from my Ministry, where I am the Executive Director in-charge of all foreign contract payment approval. As a civil servant still in active government service, law forbids me to operate an account outside the shores of Nigeria. Hence this message to you seeking your assistance so as to enable me present your private/company account details as a beneficiary of contractual claims alongside that of the Bulgarian contractor, to enable me transfer the difference of US$16,500,000.00 (Sixteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your provided account.

On actualization, the fund will be disbursed as stated below:
1. 20%  of the fund will be for you as beneficiary
2. 10% of the fund would be for reimbursement to both parties for incidental expenses that may be incurred during the course of the transaction.
3. 70% of the fund will be for me, which I intend to invest in your country with you as my partner in Real Estate business or anyother profitable business.

Sir, Let me also inform you that, there are taxes or fees to be paid of which I would personally handle the financial aspect of this transaction.
All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for a smooth actualisation of the transaction within the next few working days of commencement. If your are willing to be my partner in this transaction kindly reply me immediately.

Thank you and God bless as I await your urgent response.

Yours Sincerely,
Alhaji Sule Gwarzo.

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