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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: "ENGR.FUNSHO KUPOLOKUN." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:26:24 +0100

From the desk of:Engr. Funsho Kupolokun
25, Lekki Phase 2,Anifowoshe, Lagos-Nigeria.
Tel: 2348066409715
Date: Tuesday July 14th, 2009.
Dear Sir,
I am the former Group Managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),following the disolution of the NNPC Board in April 2007 and government settlement of the board's accrued funds and my personal emolument/gratuity, i have a total sum of US$30.5Million deposited offshore that i wish to transfer to your nominated bank account/custody for investment purposes consequent upon my retirement,sickness which the doctor has diagnosed as leukanmia.Incase of my absence,you shall commence with my only son as all documents are in his names as the next of kin and i shall change them to you now.
I shall compensate you adequately upon successful transfer of the fund to your custody and you are free to negotiate the terms of the compensation.I shall send you all the legal documents to enable us file claim for the release of the deposited fund upon receipt of your correct and complete names, contact address and private phone numbers. Please,feel free to ask any question or make observation for possible clarification and endeavour to acknowledge receipt of this message and respond accordingly.You can call me on my direct phone number as shown above for more discussions.
Best regards,
Engr.Funsho Kupolokun.

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