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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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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:14:30 -0700

Office Of The Presidency.
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Aso Rock,Abuja.
Office Of Mr.President.
President Muhammed Buhari,GCFR.
Telex: FGN/GXTT/NGR2016.

Attn: Funds Beneficiary........


Direct Memo From Mr. President On Your Payment................

Be officially informed that as the President and Commander In Chief Of The Armed Forces Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria and in line with the constitutional powers vested on me I have today being Monday 21st of March 2016 approved the immediate/Irrevocable and unconditioned release and payment of your approved sum of US$7.5Milion only (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) ONLY of your contract/inheritance/lottery funds based in the agreement I reached with the United States Government during my recent trip to the United Nation and as endorsed by the United Nation Financial Regulatory Agency and the World Bank, this Presidential payment directives is devoid of civil service bureaucratic bottlenecks as your funds will be PAID and RELEASED to you through the New Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC) and Minister For Petroleum as well Dr.Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu whom i just appointed in that office to sanitize our corrupt ridden Oil Sector and under my direct sup

Furtherance to the above now you are as a matter of urgency required to contact the New Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC) as below for your payment as i have given him a Presidential directives to that effect, note that you will be issued a brand new NNPC Contract/Inheritance Numbers by the NNPC Boss because without the new Contract numbers he will not be able to process and direct our bankers to release the above approved sum, that is the number step for your payment through him as due payment process is the norm now in my Government, contact him with the below details and ask him to issue your NEW Payment NNPC Contract/Inheritance Numbers for your payment and as well confirm and send the PRESIDENTIAL FUNDS RELEASE PAYMENT CODE (PFRPC) fees to him for your urgent payment.........

Dr.Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.
New Group Managing Director,
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC) And Minister For Petroleum....
Email Contact:
Direct Phone Line: 234-8156-958180..................

Finally note that this is a Presidential Gazetted Directives which you must adhered to the later as i will not remind you about this again,any other arrangement you have with banks or Government agency as regards to your payment outside this is not from my office and you should disregard that with immediate effect,i have authorized the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations to release your National Assembly budgetary approved sum of US$7.5Million only to you and that is final,contact the NNPC GMD and Minister for Petroleum as below and follow his directives and guidelines for your payment through his desk ONLY as your final funds administrator working on my order only,mind you i have not formed my Cabinet and as such am working with people that i trusted to help me sanitize this Country and NNPC in particular which is the cesspool of corruptions hence is the Nigeria source of revenue,follow his payment instructions diligently until you get paid,call him on hos direct line as thus: 234-8156-958180..........

Sincerely Yours,

President Muhammed Buhari,GCFR.
President And Commander In Chief,
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

This transmission may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein (including any reliance thereon) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED, if you received this transmission in error, please immediately contact the sender and destroy the material in its entirety, whether is electronic or hard copy format. Thank you.

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