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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: "jones okoma" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 16:02:03 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

I am Mr. jones okoma. the Director of finance in the foreign payment
department of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). I am
writing to intimate you with a business which needs a foreign Company's
assistance to execute.In my department, we have US$30m (thirty Million US
Dollars Only)overinvoice bill after auditing. This money arose from
deliberate over-invoiced bill which we added during last, Obasanjo's regime
to a foreign Company. *

*Now, the government in power has directed that all contracts duly
completed during and after the last regime be paid in this last quarter of
the financial fiscal year 2008.It is this remaining over-value sum as
above, that I and other official in the various Department of the ministry
have now decided to transfer into your account for safety, and subsequently
disburse in the percentage as follows:40% for you, the account owner, 50%
for us the partners in Nigeria and 10% for taxation and any expenses that
might be incured during the course of this transaction.After the
transaction three officials will be coming to your country to take care of
our own fund. 2.*

*Note you are expected to maintain confidentiality of the project that we
have, as we have putting in many years of meticulous services to the
government with maturity, top most secrecy and urgency, please reply
urgently through email for intact receiving. Thank you very much for your
anticipated co-operation.*

* Yours sincerely,
Mr.jones okoma.

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