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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: "mattew uti" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 02:57:51 +0000
Subject: fullest co-operation

From;Dr.sam Irabor
Alternative Email )
I know this email will reach you as a surprise, but need not to worry as we are using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek for foreign assistance/partnership in a business transaction which is of mutual benefit.
I am a member of the Federal Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Sometime ago,a contract was awarded to a foreign firm in NNPC by my Committee.This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M. U.S.Dollars.This was done deliberately. The over-invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the project. We now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with NNPC into any Overseas Account which we expect you to provide for us.
For providing the account where we shall remit the money into,you will be entitled to 30% of the money,60% will be for me and my partners while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to cover any expenses that may be incurred by you and i during the course of this transfer,both locally and international expenses.It may interest you to know that a similar transaction was carried out with one MR.PATRICE MILLER,President of Crane International Trading Corp. of 153 East 57th St.,28th floor, NY10022,TEL 212)-308-7788 AND TELEX:6731689.The deal was concluded and all covering documents were forwarded to MR.MILLER to authenticate the claim.Once the funds were transferred,MR.MILLER presented his Bank with all the legal documents and remitted the whole funds to another Bank Account and disappeared completely. My colleagues were shattered,as such opportunities do not come all the time. I would require the following: -
1.Your company's name,address,telephone and fax numbers.
2.Your bank name,address,phone,fax,account and routing numbers.
The above informations would be used to make formal applications as a matter of procedure for the release of the money and onward transfer to your account. It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of this nature described here.The assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to other companies.More often than not,big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and subcontracts to more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.
We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Central Bank of Nigeria,as well as the Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and transferred if we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal.Therefore,when the business is successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all documents used from all the concerned Government Ministries for 100% security. We are ordinary civil servants and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get rich.We want this money to be transferred to the overseas Accounts for us, before the present Democratic Government start Auditing all Federal Government owned Parastatals. Please contact me immediately through my tel/fax number whether or not you are interested in this deal.If you are not,it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal.Butwhere you are interested, send the required documents aforementioned herein through my confidential email addresses; number, as time is of the essence in this business. I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.
Yours faithfully,
Dr.sam Irabor




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