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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: "Babatunde Victor" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 05:15:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Nice to meet you!!

Corporate Headquarters
NNPC Towers, Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay Way,
P.M.B. 190, Garki, Abuja.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr. (Dr). Babatunde Victor Adeniran Group Executive Director, Commercial & Investment of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation a contract was awarded by my committee to a conglomerate of foreign companies attached to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The contract was over-invoiced to the tune of $18.4 Million United State Dollars. This was done deliberately by my committee to benefit from the project. Now the companies have completed the contract and have also been paid their actual contract amounts. We are left with the over-invoiced amount ($18.4 Million USD) and now desire to transfer it out of country.

The money is presently in a suspense account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation with the Apex Bank . We will like to have it transferred into an overseas account which we expect you to provide. You may open a separate bank account for this transaction in any country of your choice with free banking laws and low taxes.

Should you be willing to assist us for our mutual benefits, please inform us immediately.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.(Dr) Babatunde Victor Adeniran
Group Executive Director, Commercial & Investment

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