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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:

From: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:32:35 +0000
Subject: Hello My Dear,

Nigerian National Petroleum CorporationContract / Finance Department:N.N.P.C Building,7,Kofor Abgalu Street, Asaba,Asaba, Delta State. P.M.B.2563.Email:
Hello my dear, Before I proceed, I would like to introduce myself to you for proper understanding and cooperation. My name is Chris Haynes{Esq}, the chairman of contract award committee of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (N.N.P.C). It is my profound intention to contact you for this very important and highly profitable financial transaction, to seek your assistance in the transfer of $40 million dollars into your account. This fund was the over estimated balance from contracts awarded to both local and foreign contractors. The contracts was awarded at the tune of $170 million dollars, but we over invoiced it to $210 million dollars with the view that at the end of the contract, we will inherit the over estimated sum of $40m. Right now, the contracts has been successfully executed and the major contract amount ( $170m ) has been paid to the contractors. The over estimated sum of USD$40m is what we want to transfer into your private or corporate account. Having gone through your company information, we decided to entrust this $40m into your care as we wish to invest our share of the money in any profitable business in your country. In this regard, we want you to co-operate with us so that this $40m will be paid into your account for our sharing. If you are ready to assist us in this transaction, we will commence arrangements and obtain approvals in your name for easy transfer of the funds to your account. YOUR BENEFIT:When the $40m is transferred into your account, you will take 30% of the total amount for your support and assistance in this transaction. REQUIREMENTS:In this regard, we would like you to send us the following Information: Your name:-------Your occupation:----Your address:----Your private phone numbers:----- As soon as we receive these information from you, we will proceed to the payment Approval Department and submit application for revalidation of the required documents in your name as the beneficiary of the $40m. Thanks and best regards. Yours truly,Chris Haynes [Esq]Nigeria National Petroleum Corp,N.N.P.C Building,Asaba Delta State.

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