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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "ENG. MOHSES" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 20:31:38 +0000
Subject: RE: Compliments.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a Director in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC).I have
been delegated by
my colleagues to seek the assistance of a reliable Foreign company or
individual,into whose Bank
account,we can transfer the sum of US$7.5m(Seven million five hundred
thousand United States Dollars).

This sum arose from the deliberate over-invoicing of contracts awarded by my
Corporation during the
administration of the former military leader,General Sanni Abacha who died
on 8th june,1998 and since then it has been lying in a suspense current
account of my Corporation with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

However,the current favourable Political/Economic climate in the country
presented an opportunity for this money to be transferred out of the country
without any hitch.This is because the present Civilian regime in a bid to
seek foreign recognition and credibility resolved to liquidate all
debts owed to foreign contractors who executed contracts here between 1990
to 1998.To this effect,a five man board of enquiry which a colleague of mine
happens to be a member was set up to
inquire,verify,recommend and approve payments and then forward same to
Central Bank of Nigeria for remittance.

We have put in motion the machinary for the take off of this transaction and
further actions will commence immediately we hear from you.We plan to
forward your name to this committee as soon as we receive your acceptance.

We have agreed that after the transfer of the money into your account,you
shall be entitled to 25% of the total sum.My colleagues and i shall take 70%
while 5% has been mapped out to re-imburse all local and international
expenses that may be incurred in the course of the transaction.

The nature of your business is not particularly relevant for the success of
this transaction,all we
require is your willingness to co-operate and assuring us that our
percentage or share will be given to us when this money arrives your
account.All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure a no risk
situation on the sides of both parties and it is believed that this
transaction will take 10 working days to finalize.

Please,if this proposal is acceptable to you,contact me via my private Email

Should you have any question,feel free to contact me on same address.If
however,you are not interested in this proposal,kindly let us know and do
not disclose it or discuss it with a third party.

Best Regards,
Mr Moses Ezeoha.

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