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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: "benedict okonkwo" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 12:07:37 +0000

>From the desk of: DR.BEN OKONKWO
Managing Director:
Nigeria NationalPetroleum Coperation,
34, Garki road, Area 2 Wuse,
Abuja -Nigeria.
Tel:234 805 5355 925

Attention: Dear Sir/Ma,


I am DR.BEN OKONKWO, the Director of Procurement
and Contract Award at the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation(NNPC) of the FederalRepublic of Nigeria.
I apologized using thismedium to reach you for a
transaction/ business of this magnitude,
but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access
reposed on thismedium. It is with trust that I wish
to contact you on this matterconcerning the transfer
of US$30.5Million Dollars.
Sometime ago, acontract was awarded by my Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) to anInternational Oil Firm, to
Service, Turn Around Maintenance andRehabilitation
Work on Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company
(KRPC) Plant in Nigeria. This contract was
over-invoiced by us (myselfand two junior colleagues)
to the tune of (US$30.5 Million UnitedState Dollars).
Though the actual contract cost have been paid tothe
original contractor, leaving the balance
in the tune of the saidamount which we have in< BR>principles gotten
approval to remit by KeyTested Telegraphic
Transfer (K.T.T) to any foreign bank account youwill provide.
It is based on this that some officials in my
department and I have decided to establish a cordial
businessrelationship with you, hence my contacting
you. We want you to presentyourself as the
Beneficiary to this fund, so that we can
release thefund into your account for safety and
subsequent disbursement. We haveall modalities set.
We have been disappointed some years ago by aBritish,
Mr. Rick Williams whom we trusted with a transaction
ofthis nature up to the tune of US$50Million U.S.
Dollars. He is sittingon our money for no apparent
reason and refused to give us our sharebut we believe
that for his act of wickedness to us, he will nevergo
unpunished by God. Mr.Rick Williams still resides in
London andenjoying our collective money.Because of
this we are afraid and weneed your total trust and< BR>assurance that
must be an honest and straight-forward person. As, we are willing to
again with youbelieving in your
good cooperation and Faithfullness.
We have agreed to share the money thus:
1. 30% for the account owner (you).
2. 60%for me and my partners
3. 10% to be used in offsetting taxes and alllocal &
foreign expenses.

Please, note that this transaction is100% safe and
risk free and we will commence the transaction from
the date of receipt of the following information from
you viae-mail.
Please if you accept this proposal, send to me by

1. Full Names
2. Telephone number(s)
3. Contact address.
4. Banking details where you want the fund to be transfered.

These are the informations that I need for now.

With these information, we aregoing to put in
application for the release of this funds (US$30.5M)
into your account for us all. Due to our sensitive
position, we cannot afford a slip in this transaction
so contact me immediatelythrough my e-email address
for further information on the requirementsand
procedure for this transaction. It will only take four
workingdays to conclude this business because once
you send the your fullname and address with your
direct phone and fax number, we shallcredit your
account through our Reserved Account in Europe or

Remember that my present situation will not allow me
to searchfor another person, I absolutely HOLD YOU ON

Therefore we urge you to respond immediately to this
my email address to enable mecommence with the
modalities of this transfer as we are well preparedto
do this promising transaction with you and hope tocontinue withyou in

Please treat with the strictest confidentiality and
utmost urgency.
Please reply to my or call me on
234 805 5355 925

Yours faithfully,
DR.Ben Okonkwo.

NB: please bear in mind that this is100% legal and
riskfree. We shall conclude successfully and themoney
shall be in your bank account within four days of
receivingthe needed information from you.

Please, reply to this email address:



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