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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: "Ishaya Bamaiyi Timothy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:18:37 -0000

7, kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island
Private Phone; +234-7051591281
Private Email:
Dear Sir  
I am Mr. Ishaya Bamaiyi Timothy, Executive Director Services  with the Nigeria national petroleum corporation, and a member of Tender Board Committee in charge of contract review and payment approvals, First and Foremost, my apology for using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this nature. I would have preferred to send it across to you via Courier Service but due to time factor I decided to email it to you. Accept my apology.
Be informed that a member of the Nigeria export Promotion Council (NEPC) who was at the Government delegation in United Kingdom during a trade exhibition gave your enviable credentials/particulars to me. Though, for security reasons, I did not disclose the nature of this business to him. I have decided to seek a confidential cooperation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top confidential because of its nature.
Within the Nigeria national petroleum corporation where I work and with the cooperation of two other top officials, we have in our possession as overdue payments bills totaling ($21,500,000) Twenty-One Million, Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said funds on our behalf or a reliable foreign company account to receive such funds. More so, Because of  illegal Money transfer that are going on in Nigeria by Top Government Officials, we are handicapped in this circumstances, as the Nigeria Code of Conduct has prohibited us from  owning or operating foreign /offshore account hence your importance in the transaction.
This amount $21.5m represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Ministry by a foreign firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been fully paid to the original contractor, leaving the over invoiced balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Telegraphic transfer (TT) to any foreign bank account you will provide by filing in an application in the Justice Ministry here in Nigeria for the change of transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you. Also all the Legal documentation will be obtain and send across to you for your perusal before the final transfer of the fund to your account.
I have the authority of my partners to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction your share of the sum will be 30% of the $21, 5 million, 65% for us and 5% for miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe/risk free on your part provided you treat it with utmost confidentiality by keeping this dealing within only yourself.
Endeavor to contact me immediately through these my direct +234-7051591281 Or you can email: do not fail to call me immediately you receive this email, for more details and oral correspondents.
I want to assure you that my partners and I are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a strong assurance that our share will be secured. Because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service. Also, Remember that time is of the essence in this business because if all things being equal, we expect to conclude this transaction and the fund confirm in your account within the next 4 to 6 bank working days.
Mr. Ishaya Bamaiyi Timothy

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