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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: "Mr. Johnson Ogbeche" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <johnsonogbeche@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 13:53:25 +0200
Subject: PLEASE ASSIST US TO FINALIZE THIS TRANSACTION!!! 96.11.179.146

 
FROM THE OFFICE OF: Mr. Johnson Ogbeche
Dear friend,
This letter may come to you as a surprise, please treat it Like a blood brotherís affair. I am Mr. Johnson
Ogbeche, the Chief Accountant with the Nigerian national petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Nigeria West Africa.
I need your assistance to transfer the sum of Forty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only
(US$45,500.000.00).this money is deposited in the NNPC Treasury account with the central bank of Nigeria.
THIS AMOUNT WAS SECURED FROM AN OVER INVOICED AMOUNT ON A CONTRACT THAT WE AWARDED
YEARS AGO AND THE CONTRACTOR HAVE EXECUTED THE CONTRACT AND HANDED OVER TO NNPC AND
HAVE RECEIVED HIS FULL PAYMENT.for the construction of liquefied natural gas plant (LNG) in Bonny, and
maintenance of Two Refineries in Port- Harcourt and Kaduna, Four years ago.
This contract has been completely executed and commissioned And the contractor that handled this contract has
collected his final payment; thus leaving behind the above stated amount which represents the over invoiced sum.
However, the Code of conduct bureau (civil servants laws) does not allow Us to own and operate foreign account,
therefore, I needed A foreign partner that will present himself as the Sub-contractor by providing his bank
particulars so that the money will be transferred into his account.
For your assistance in this business, your share will be 25% of the total sum, 70% for me and my two (2)
colleagues, while 5% will be set aside to off-set any expenses we may incurred in the course of the transaction.
If you are willing to assist us in this transaction, please send the following information; Your private telephone
and fax number for easy communication so that I will give you more details.
Note that all modalities for the take-off  of this transaction have been worked out and further action will
commence immediately I hear from you, I solicit for your Co-operation and  if you have any question please do not
hesitate to ask me.
Yours truly,
Mr. Johnson Ogbeche
Chief Accountant.
 

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