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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: "James Thomas." <>
Reply-To: "James Thomas." <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:09:12 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

 Dear Sir/Madam

I hope you would know the essence of my contact with you. I sincerely promise that the deal is 100% risk-free to both sides; hence our top powers to execute it.

My names are James Thomas.Director Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). My term of reference involves the award of contracts to multinational companies. My office is saddled with the responsibility of contract Award, screening, categorization and privatization of projects embarked upon by Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as well as feasibility studies for selected projects and supervising the project consultants involved.

A breakdown of the fiscal expenditure by this office as at the end of last fiscal quarter of 2013 indicates that (DPR) paid out a whooping sum of US$2B (Two Billion United States Dollars) to successful local and foreign contractors. The (DPR) is now compelling beneficiaries to be paid for this Second Quarter Last batch of the year 2014.

The crux of this letter is that the Finance/Contract Department of the (DPR) under my instruction deliberately over-invoiced the contract value of the various contracts Awarded.

In the course of disbursements, my department has been able to accumulate the sum of $100MUSD (Hundred Million U.S Dollars only) as the over-invoiced sum.

This money is currently in a suspense account of the (DPR) account with the Debt Reconciliation Committee (DRC). We now seek to process the transfer of this fund officially as contract payment to you as a foreign contractor, who will be fronting for us as the beneficiary of the fund. In this way we can facilitate these funds into your nominated foreign account for possible investment abroad. We are not allowed as a matter of government policy to operate any foreign account to transfer this fund into.

Now my questions are: -
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission if you can facilitate the movement of this fund into your account?

Be informed that on completion of this Project we will use part of our own share to invest in your country under your care.

Please note that the transfer operation will take ten working days to be completed.
Send the requested information below so that we can proceed further.

(1) Your Full Name:........................
(2) Your Full Contact Address:.............
(3) Your Direct Mobile Line:...............
(4) Your Private Fax No:...................
(5) Your company name if any...............
(6) Your occupation:.......................
(7) Your age:..............................
(8) Your Full Banking Details Where the funds will be transferred into.

James Thomas.

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