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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: Okan Phillip <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:34:30 +0100


This is to introduce you to National Petroleum Agency (NPA) of Sao
Tome and Principe.

Although this is certainly not a preferred way of approach to foster a
relationship of trust but because of the circumstances and urgency
surrounding this claim l decided to reach you via this media.

My Motive.

I am a member of staff of the National Petroleum Agency (NPA) of Sao
Tome and Principe. I assisted a foreigner with the registration of a
crude sales License in my country and after operating it for about
four and half years, she was ill and later confirmed that she passed

Now, the NPA have confirmed a payment of about $14.3 Million United
States Dollars as pay-out commission for the crude Sales for the four
and half years the sales operated.

Unfortunately, she or her next of kin is not alive to receive this
pay-out commission and all effort to contact any of her relations has
proved unsuccessful. I decided to reach you, to present you as the
beneficiary to receive this commission balance.

Once I can present you as the beneficiary of the company, you shall
earn the commission and it will be shared between us in the ratio that
we shall agree on. We can decide to also start operation with the
license thereafter.

I will require your honest cooperation to enable us see this
partnership through. I guarantee that this will be executed under all
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the

I will gladly appreciate your understanding and keen interest to be
part of this partnership.

I await your quick response.

Okan Phillip

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