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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: "Dr.John Williams" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 01:24:27 -0800 (PST)

My dear good friend,

With due respect, we would like to know little more about you, because I have some funds,that I intended to invest on Properties in your place with your due honest assistance. I am Dr.John Williams,the special assistant to Sir, Michael A. Arokodare, the Group Executive Director for Finance & Accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The Investments funds are legitimately accrued from Crude Oil Sales Commission that we have just started lifting with a Chinese Oil and Gas Company a moth ago,and the funds are clean and completely free from any trouble, we shall require your immediate help to represent us as the Sellers agent, because we are not allowed to act as sales agent or facilitator, we are also not allowed to own or operate foreign Bank accounts, while still working.

Therefore, we would appreciate your honest co-operation in regards,as we would not like to be seen so openly within the corridors of the sales commission payment process because of my official poisitions, hence your honest help is highly required, only to act as our sales facilitator/agent, so that the monthly sales commissions of US.$ will be paid to your bank account each month.

At the end of each month Crude Oil lifting transaction,you will receive the Sales Commisson of US.$, and you will be granted 35% of the said amount that is transferred to your bank account monthly as your compensation, also note that the first wire trasfer from the first lifting shall be wired into your bank account within the next 10 banking days of getting the following information of yours.

Your full Names and Address, Your Company's name if any,Your Nationality, a copy of your International Passport or Driving License, Your home and office telephone numbers/ Cell Phone numbers, that will enhance your registration immediately with our Corporate organization as one of her accredited crude oil lifting agent/facilitators

Kindly,Permit me here to re-state that you will only be legally acting as the sales agent/facilitator that is facilitating for the Seller side of the said crude oil contract,also note we shall back you up with legitimate contract documents of the lifting Contract and you will be issued with a Warrant Agent Certificate (WAC) as Crude oil Sales Agent.

This project and the funds transfer MUST be documented and conducted in line with International banking rules and regulations and in accordance with Articles two (2) through five (5) of the Due Diligence Convention and the Federal Banking Commission Circular of December 1998,concerning the prevention of Money Laundering and Article 305 of the Swiss Criminal Code, so that your Gornvenment and your bank will not querry you of the source of the money as all the documentations will be legally documented.

Please, do reply immediately,as time is no longer friendly with us as we have one month old commission awaiting for immediate payment.

Much regards,

Dr.John Williams

Personal Assistance to: G.E.D FINANCE & ACCOUNTS (NNPC).

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