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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: Bonny Light Crude oil <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:32:18 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Bonny Light Crude oil t

(G N G)


RC: 51104

1, Winners Road, Oja Bashorun Ibadan,

Oyo State, Nigeri


Direct Tel: +234-802-626-8030

PIN: 223A4F8E

Attention: Sir.

Gorin Na Govas Business Ventures Rc: 51104, corporate Head Office is located on the above named address. Incorporated in the year 2007 an indigenous company with 100 percent Nigeria equity share.

We are fast growing organization with business diversity in oil, Gas and Chemicals. I am a consultant on Nigerian crude oil known as Bonny light. Recently I entered into an understanding with Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC concerning 24Million barrels of Bonny Light Crude oil to be loaded in 2million barrels either on sport lift or contract.

The lifting will be on CIF basis, the discount involved is reasonable. I will appreciate if you can patronize us or help me source for reputable buyers who are financially strong to buy Nigerian oil. Please note, we are doing real genuine and sincere business. If you can even come to Nigeria that will be better. I have direct contact to a Lawyer who is highly connected to the NNPC top management. It was my In-law who introduced me to him because is not easy to get access such man. He advise me that, I should tell whoever that is genuine and ready to buy oil to write a letter of Intent L.O.I addressed to Group Managing Director NNPC,NNPC Towers, Herbert Macauley Way, Central business District, Abuja Nigeria.

Stating the quantity of crude oil he or she is capable of buying per month and the duration. You should also support the (L.O.I) letter of intent with your company profile. Please note that the LOI MUST be in your letter headed paper. He assured me that the processing will only take two weeks, and allocation will be given in your name.( by then, you can access it on London screen share.)

Once you are through with the letter, forward it to me I will submit to the lawyer immediately for direct communication. But before I handover the letter to him, you and I we have to agree on percentage by putting it into agreement. Please sir, if you are not serious or capable of buying crude oil, do not bother to write the L.O.I letter because getting access to this Lawyer working with NNPC on oil matter, is by the grace of God.

As we look forward to official business relationship.


Yours truly,

Mr Francis T Eromose. (Mr)


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