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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Shehu Ladan." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:17:38 +0100 (BST)
From: Executive Director Finance & Accounts.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
The Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nigeria.
US$45 MiLLION CONSULTANCY PAYMENT TRANSFER DEAL:
I write to solicit your participation as a Partner to act as a Consultant
in a US$35Million Oil Sector Business Deal.
Kindly oblige me with your careful attention. My name is Mr Shehu Ladan,
the Group Executive Director, Finance & Accounts Department at the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
As you may be aware, my Country Nigeria (West-Africa) is the World Sixth
Largest Producer of Crude Oil and my Office is the Sole Government
Department responsible for the Management and Disbursement of the country
revenue from daily crude oil sales running into Billions of Dollars.
Over the past 6 years, I and some of my colleagues have used the influence
of our various strategic offices to successfully facilitate various
International Oil Deals on behalf of some Top Government Officials and
their foreign counterparts in the USA, Europe and Asia. In the course of
these oil transfer deals, we were able to secretly secure a US$35Million
Over-Invoiced Open Consultancy Payment Voucher for ourselves. We have
cleverly masterminded Government Approval and Issuance of a Payment
Voucher for US$35Million ready to be transferred to any Foreign Individual
or Corporate Entity that we choose to present to the NNPC as the Official
Site Consultant to Japan Energy Corporation for a US$980Million General
Job Order for Repairs and Servicing of Two of NNPC Oil Refineries.
The Job Order Major Contractor, Japan Energy Corporation has since been
paid off with the sum of US$945Million upon completion of the job order in
2006, thus leaving us with US$35Million in question for which we have now
secured government approval for immediate transfer to the any foreign
entity we decide to present to government as the site consultant. This is
where we want you to come in.
Foolproof modalities are in place to use the official influences of our
offices to easily Slot in Your Name and Nominated Bank Account details
into the US$35Million Approved Government Payment Voucher for the
immediate transfer of the funds to any foreign bank account you may
present, preferably an account that you are the sole beneficiary or one
that you control. I am sure you will not hesitate to take advantage of the
golden opportunity; if so be obliged to get back to me immediately for
further details. For using your private or corporate name to transfer the
funds to your foreign bank account, my colleagues have asked me to offer
you 30% of the US$35Million, but we are still open to negotiations.
This proposal is 100% watertight and risk free. My colleagues and I are
due for imminent retirement after an average of over two decades in
government service, you can then imagine how important and curtail this
deal is to us. We really need your absolute commitment and honesty.
Please if you are willing to collaborate with us to actualize the deal,
send your reply with the following information to proceed in the
1) YOUR NAME,
3) COMPANY NAME,
4) TELEPHONE, CELL PHONE,
7) YOUR COMPANY/PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION IN FUJLL,
I look forward to your response.
Mr Shehu Ladan.
Group ED Finance and Accounts,
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC).
Telephone: +234 808-598-4547 (call me for clarification if needed)
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