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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: "Tunde Harryman" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:30:26 +0000
Subject: Attn:SIR/MADAM

N.N.P.C Falomo Office Complex
Lagos - Nigeria



I know that this is not a proper mains of sending an official proposal like
this coupled with the fact that there are so many scam mails going around
these days but i will wish to assure you that "THIS IS NOT A SCAM".I got
your contact address and necessary information about you from a business
consultant in Nigeria. i therefore picked a keen interest in its information
and to request for this business relationship with you. Briefly, may i take
this liberty to introduce myself as the principal Accountant of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

I am privileged to be the chairman of the contract review committee set-up
by the present civilian government of Nigeria to audit and review payment of
foreign contractors. Subsequently, an international audit was carried out
with the Nigerian National petroleum Corporation (NNPC) only to discover the
sum of Eighteen million three hundred and sixty thousand u.s. dollars
(us$18.36m) in their account as an unclaimed payment due for foreign
contractors. This indeed represent 10% of the total contract value demand by
the contract award committee of the NNPC from the foreign contractors. i
informed the director general whose duty is to oversee daily activities of
the corporation.

I asked the director general of his opinion over the discovered fund he
confirmed that having considered the political situation in our country and
my position as the chairman of the federal contract review committee, we
arrived at the conclusion to use this opportunity to ensure our future by
remitting the fund to a trusted person or your company’s account for our own
interest. All we are looking for is a trustworthy person and honest partner
whom we can use his company or individual account to get this outstanding
fund remitted overseas, this is a life time opportunity considering the
economic problem in Nigeria and we cannot afford to let it go. We therefore
request you to act on our behalf to ensure the success of this transaction,
hoping you will assist us. As a matter of fact, all modalities for the
successful transfer of this money have been worked out; the present civilian
government has approved the payment of all foreign contractors and this
(US$18.36m) Eighteen million three hundred sixty thousand United States
dollars only outstanding included. So, if this transaction attract your
interest, then 30% of the total fund will be given to you as your share for
using your account while 60% goes to us, the officials and the remaining 10%
has been mapped out to cover all expenses to be incurred by both parties
during the course of this transaction. To be enclosed in your reply are the
following: 1. Your name, address, phone/mobile and fax numbers, for easy
communication; contact me immediately you receive this letter through my
email address written above so that i can reach you with detailed
information on the next line of action.

We are looking forward to your favorable response.

Best regards,
Dr.Tunde Harryman

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