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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:07:15 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Secret and Confidential

Secret and Confidential

Dear Friend,

I am writing to seek your interest in a business transaction of an over-invoiced contract sum which I deliberately inflated from its original contract value of USD60million to approved USD100Million, giving room for an excess of USD40Million.

I am a director in my ministry Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) here in Nigeria.The amount has received the official approval for payment from the ministry. If you agree to work with me, then we shall discuss among other things the procedure and the sharing modalities.

Let me read from you with your telephone number to call to you directly.

Dr. Peter Holy

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