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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: "Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:28:31 -0800

NNPC Towers, Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay Way,
P.M.B. 190, Garki, Abuja.




First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. We have decided to contact you by e-mail due to the urgency of this transaction.

I am the Financial Account Secretary of the Federal Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Sometime ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm in NNPC by my Committee. This contract was over invoiced to the tune of US$21.5M dollars. This was done deliberately. The over-invoicing was a deal by my committee to benefit from the project. We now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with NNPC into any Overseas Account, since the Federal Government are readying in paying all duly owed foreign contractors. We now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with NNPC into any Overseas Account, claiming to be that’s of the foreign company which we expect you to provide for us by claiming to be the CEO of that company. Race, sex, religion, country pose no barrier.

For assisting us in this deal, you will be entitled to 30% of the money, 50% will be for me and my partners, 10% for the Chief Justice that will handle the case battle with the Federal Government while 10% has been mapped out from the total sum to Cover any expenses that maybe incurred by us during the course of this transfer, both locally and international expenses.

Bank Name,
Bank Account Number/ Banking details for transfer
Your Phone Number:

The above information would be used to make formal applications as a matter of procedure for the release of the money. It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of this nature described here. The assumption is that your company won the major contract and subcontracted it out to another company. More often than not, big multinationals companies or firms of unrelated fields win major contracts and could subcontracts it to infant firms or more specialized firms for execution of such contracts.

We have strong reliable connections and contacts at the Apex Bank(Central Bank of Nigeria), as well as the Federal Ministry of Finance and we have no doubt that all the money will be released and transferred if we get the necessary foreign partner to assist us in this deal. Therefore, when the business is successfully concluded we shall through our same connections withdraw all documents used from all the concerned Government Ministries for 100% security. We are ordinary civil servants whom will get retired very soon and we will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity of getting rich.

We want this money to be transferred to your nominated bank for us, before the present Democratic Government start Auditing all Federal Government owned Parastatals. According to the Federal Ministry of Finance they have placed a deadline on the release of the $21.5m dollars fund if only the real contractor shows up; the deadline is stated as at January 30/1/2013. After this date if anybody comes up to claim as the contractor would be totally ignored.

Please contact me immediately through my alternative email above whether or not you are interested in this deal. If you are not, it will enable me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal. But where you are interested, send the required information aforementioned above herein through my above alternative email, as time is of the essence in this business.

Dear partner I will want you to know that this is not one of those un-usual scam mails being paraded this days on the internet, plans has already being made my member of the contract awarding committee to make sure that this deal is carried out cleanly without any of the parties involved loosing out. This was done by contacting the right authorities like the chief judge to see into the issues.

It may interest you to know that a similar transaction was carried out with one MR. PATRICE MILLER, President of Crane International Trading Corp. of 153 East 57th St., 28th floor, NY10022, TEL: (212)-308-7788 AND TELEX: 6731689.

The deal was concluded and all covering documents were forwarded to MR. MILLER to authenticate the claim. Once the funds were transferred, MR. MILLER presented his Bank with all the legal documents and remitted the whole funds to another Bank Account and disappeared completely, since then his phone line never went through. My colleagues were shattered; as such opportunities do not come all the time.

We have made plans to connect with our Nigerian embassy in which ever country you may come from, this would help us by contacting you or witnessing the transfer of the $21.5million dollars when it get to your account, all necessary arrangement have been made, we need to transfer this money fast before Minister of Oil and Gas start auditing all awarded and un-contract through last year to this year.

The main reason we are doing this deal is because 5years ago the Governments in power embezzle the sum of $76.56 million dollars into a un- named Swiss Bank, so since that governments has gone and this a new era; we also want to take advantage to this opportunity.

Dear friend please I will not be happy if at the end of this deal you collect the money then try to play a fast one on me, because I’m not the only person involved in this deal and sorry to say this but I have to. The wrath God will come upon you if you embezzle this money all alone. So dear friend I will like you to contact me back so I will give you the full details of how to contact the Chief Judge, Her Excellency Mrs. Dora Anthony. I swear by the grave of my mother that this is real and I will never let you down or disappoint you because, am a 54years old civil servant and I really need this money myself because I will retired soon, and I will do anything to see this deal is completed. Remember to ask the Chief Judge of her barrister certificate for proof if you think you have any doubt about her.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Amos A. Praise
Phone: +234-708-704-2613

Department for Contract Award & Foreign settlement,
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