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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: "Victorio Adam" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 17:03:36 +0000
Subject: From Venezuela.

Attn: President/CEO,

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 that is of mutual

I am Victorio Adam, a member of the Government of Venezuela Contract Award
and Monitoring Committee in the ministry of Energy and
Petroleum.Petroquímica de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). Sometime ago, a contract
was awarded to a foreign firm in (PDVSA) by my committee.

This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$30Million. (Thirty Million
united States Dollars)
PDVSA Carbozulia is in charge of developing and commercializing the oil
explorations in Venezuela the allocated 17 out of 20 oil wells at a cost of
more than US$2B US DOLLARS (two billion us dollars).

Those contracts were awarded to various companies. This scheme involves at
least ten exploratory areas: (Delta Amacuro). Among others, Guasare, Zulia
State, where the largest reserve of the mineral is located.

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 (PDVSA) into your Overseas Account that we expect you
to provide for us.

SHARE: - For providing the account where we shall remit the money into, you
will be entitled to 20% of the money, 70% will be for me and my partners
while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to cover any upfront or out
of pocket expenses that may be incurred by all parties during the course of
this transfer, both locally and international expenses. In order for us to
commence the transaction I would require the following:

1.Your company's name, address, telephone and fax numbers.
2.Your bank name, address and account details. (An account with zero balance
or any without zero balance)

The above information 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 to other companies.
More often than not, big trading companies or firms of unrelated fields win
major contract and subcontract to more specialized firms for execution of
such contract.

We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the BANCO CENTRAL DE
VENEZUELA; as well some personnel from the ministry of finance will work
together with us in this deal.

Therefore, when the business is successfully concluded we shall through our
same connections to retrieve all the documents used from all the concerned
Government ministries for destructions.

I have a good connection in the ministry. We are ordinary VENEZUELA
Government workers 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 at this moment. Contact me immediately through my email: for more information.

I wait in anticipation to receive your response.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Victorio.D.Adam

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