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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: "Engineer Usman Musa" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:16:15 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: URGENT!!!

Engineer Usman Musa,
Department of Budget and Planning
Ministry of Petroleum,

Your candid attn:


Most competent people are choosen for competent jobs and assignments, and
with that due respect have we also choosen to select you and contact you
on this very confidential matter. Our Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and
industry offers variety of names of notable people from your part of the
Globe. That was where I got your information from. Therefore, after due
eliberation with my partners, we decided to forward to you this proposal.
We believe that you would be in a position to help us in our bid to
transfer the sum of US$41.5M(Forty-0ne million, five hundred thousand
dollars only) into a foreign account. We shall make it 100% legal as much
possible as you would want.

We are members of the special committee for budget and planning of the
Ministry of Petroleum. This committee is principally concerned with
contract appraisals and approval of contracts in order of priorities as
regards CAPITAL PROJECTS of the Federal Government of Nigeria. With our
positions, we have successfully secured for ourselves the sum of Forty-one
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars(US$41.5M). We are
working with the present emocratically elected Government in my country,
and we are seeking the support of Foreign Government to win the next
election coming up, which the race has started. So they have given
directive to all Federal Parastatals to settle all Foreign Contractors
being owed for contract that they have done. Therefore, our plan is to
include your name as one of the contractors being owed in our corporation.

What we need from you is to provide a safe Account into which the funds
will be transferred since Government Officials in my country are not
allowed by our laws to Operate Foreign Accounts. It has been agreed that
you will be compensated with US$8.3 Million of the remitted funds.
US$31.125Million belongs to us, while US$2.075Million will be set aside to
offset expenses and pay the necessary taxes.

It may interest you to know that two years ago a similar transaction was
carried out with one Mr. Patrice Miller, the C.E.O of Crane International
Trading Corporation at number 135, East 57th street, 28th floor, New York
10022, with Telephone (212)308-7788 and Telex Number 6731689. After the
agreement between both of us in which he was to take 25% of the money as
his share, the money was duly transferred into his Account. We were
disappointed on our arrival
in New York as we were reliably informed that Mr. Patrice Miller was no
longer on that address while his Telephone and Telex Numbers have been
reallocated to somebody else. That was how we lost US$27.5M to Mr.Patrice

This time around we would not want you to be like that. We need a more
reliable and trustworthy person and a reputable Company to do this
business with, hence we contacted you. So if you can prove yourself to be
trusted and interested in this deal then we are prepared to do business
with you. What we want from you is the assurance that you will let us have
our share when this amount of US$41.5M is transferred into your account.

If this proposal satisfies you, please contact us, so we can advice you on
the modalities of the transaction. All modalities of this transfer, have
been worked out and once started will not take more than 7 Banking days
with the absolute support of all concerned. This transaction is 100% safe
and risk free now and after the transfer. Kindly treat this as urgent and
very confidential.

Best regards.

Engineer Usman Musa,
Department of Budget and Planning
Ministry of Petroleum,

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