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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:

Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 22:23:23 -0800
Subject: ACT FAST

Phone: +234-802-554-9993
pls reply to this or
Dear Freiend,

Iam the chairman of the contract award committee of the NationalPetroleum Corporation here in Nigerian, for security reasons, I may notwish to disclose how I got your email address for now.

After duedeliberation with my partner, I decided to forward to you this businessproposal, we want you to assist us receive the sum of Twenty eightmillion, six hundred thousand united state bills(us28.6m) into youraccount. This fund resulted from an over-invoiced contract awarded byus under the budget allocation to my ministry and the bill was approvedfor payment by the concerned ministries. The contract was executed,commissioned and the contractor was paid his actual cost of thecontract. Now, we are left with the balance of us28.6m as the overinvoiced amount, which we have deliberately over estimated for our ownuse. Please note that the law forbids civil servants to operate or ownforeign accounts hence this contact, we have agreed to share the moneyin the following percentages: 30 for you, 60 for us 10 for tax as maybe required by your government.

Note that this transaction isvery much free from all sorts of risk hence the business was carefullyplanned before it was successfully executed and we the officialsinvolved in the deal have put many years in service to our ministry. Wehave been exercising patience for this privilege for so long not untilthe presidential announcement last week, that all foreign contractorsowed be paid forthwith, this will enable the presidency reconcile ourdebt ratio with the outside world and to most of us, this is a lifetimeblessing we cannot afford to miss. Upon indication of your interest tofully co-operate with us, a payment application/information form willbe sent to you via email for completion.

Be informed also thatthe above mentioned form V when properly completed by youand return via email, will enable us seek/secureapproval of the fund from the concerned government quarters/ministrieswithin 1-2 banking days.

As soon as we confirm receipt of thismoney in your nominated bank account, my partner and I will come overto your country to arrange for our own share and possibly invest partof this money in your country.

Let honesty and trust be ourwatchword throughout this transaction. I shall furnish you with somedetails about myself. Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.

Best regards.

Adams I.S.A

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