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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: Raman Sule <>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:31:15 +0000

Attn: friend,
I am Dr.Raman Sule a member of special committee for budget and planning
of the Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC). This committee is
principally concerned with contract awards and approval. With our positions,
we have successfully secured for our selves the sum of Twenty Five Million,
United States dollars (US$25m).This amount was carefully manipulated by
over-invoicing of an old contract.
Based on information gathered about you, we believe you would be in a position
to help us in transferring this fund (US$25m) into a safe account.
It has been agreed that the owner of the account will be compensated with 20%
of the remitted funds while we keep 70%, and 10% will be set aside to off set
expenses and pay the necessary taxes. All modalities of this transaction have
been worked out
This transaction is 100% risk free; please get back me with your telephone/fax
number, your address, and your account for the transfer for further details.
You can also call me immediately you receive this message on this telephone
number +2348135524098 if you are really interested in working with us.
Yours faithfully,
Dr.Raman Sule.

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