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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:

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:30:13 +0100
Subject: RE:I am anxiously waiting for your reply

I am MR, BERNARD KANU the newly appointed Director of finance in
the foreign payment department of the Nigeria National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC). I am writing to intimate you with a business
which needs a foreign Company's assistance to execute.

In my department, we have US$55m (Fifty five Million US Dollars
Only) over invoice bill after auditing. This money arose from
deliberate over-invoiced bill which we added during last, Yara dua's
regime to a foreign Company. Now, the government in power has
directed that all contracts duly completed during and after the last
regime be paid in this quarter of the financial fiscal year

It is this remaining over-value sum as above, that I and other
official in the various Department of the ministry have now decided
to transfer into your account for safety, and subsequently disburse
in the percentage as follows:25% for you, the account owner, 70% for
us the partners in Nigeria and 5% for taxation and any expenses
that might be incurred during the course of this transaction.

After the transaction three officials will be coming to your country
to take care of our own fund.Note you are expected to maintain
confidentiality of the project that we have, as we have putting in
many years of meticulous services to the government with maturity,
top most secrecy and urgency, please reply urgently through email
for intact receiving.NOTE:If you are not ready to take directives
from me for our success, please do not reply this proposal.

Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours sincerely,
MR, BERNARD KANU [Director of finance foreign payment department
(NNPC}.Tel:+234 -8181-671-779 [DIRECT LINE] AND Office Lines

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