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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.Desmond Egondu" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:23:19 +0600 (BDT)

Dear Friend,

My quest got solved when I got your contact through your close confidant
who assured me of you honesty and credibility, though I did not disclose
the nature of the transaction because of personal reasons,

It is with trust and confidence that I write to make this urgent business
proposal to you.I was assigned by two of my colleague to seek for a
foreign partner who will assist us in providing a convenient foreign
account in any designated bank abroad for the transfer of us$35,500,000.00
pending on our arrival in your country for utilization and disbursement
with the owner of the account.

This amount results from a deliberate inflation of the value of a contract
awarded by our ministry - the federal Ministry of Agriculture (FMA)to an
expatriate company.the contract has been executed and payment made to the
original contractor,remaining the over-invoiced amount of us$35.5
million,which we want to transfer the funds out the country in our favor
for disbursement among ourselves.the transfer of this money can only be
possible with the help of a foreigner who will be presented as the
beneficiary of the fund.

As government officials, we are not allowed to operate foreign
accounts,and this is the reason why we decided to contact you. we have
agreed that if you/your company can act as the beneficiary of this fund
(us$35,500,000.00 million)25% of the total sum will be for you for
providing the account while 5% will be set aside for the expenses incurred
during the cost of transfer of the fund into your account while 70% will
be reserved for us.
we hereby solicit for your assistance in providing a convenient account
number in a designated bank abroad where this fund would be transferred.we
intend coming over there on the completion of this transfer to secure our
own share of the money.

Please note that we have been careful and have made all arrangements
towards the success and smooth transfer of the fund to your account before
you. for security reasons and confidentiality of this transaction, we
demand that you should not expose this proposal and the entire transaction
to any body.

We are putting so much trust in you with the hope that you would not
betray us. or sit on this money when it is finally transferred into your rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk/hitch free. if
this proposal is acceptable to you,indicate your interest by sending an
email to us including your bank name & address,account number,telephone
and fax numbers.

Note:our former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo collaborated with the
former chairman of the economic financial crime commission , Mallam Nuhun
Ribadu to stop the junior ranks officers from transferring funds out of
the country. he sent different publication to many countries in the world
as propaganda to discourage all government officials from transferring
funds into an overseas account to avoid and save guides the countries

Apparently, so that other government officials will not benefits from
these( oil windfalls ) where he has been a culprit alone with his
aides.more details about this transaction will be given to you as soon as
we receive your positive respond.

Note that the particular nature of your company's business is irrelevant
to this transaction. if this transaction interests you, your urgent
response will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Dr. Desmond Egondu.
Tel:+234 704-586-3983

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