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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: PAUL <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:23:54 -0700
Subject: PHONE 234 8108447665

PHONE 234 8108447665
My name is  Dr Prince paul , an Engineer with the nnpc Company Ltd (nnpc). My duty includes awards of contracts, vetting and making payments on behalf of my Ministry (nnpc).
SUBJECT: After due consideration, I have fully agreed to privately invest extensively in your line of products/services. I am intending to retire from government services to private business I decided to contact you for an urgent business proposal. I have
decided to deal with a neutral person like you because of the nature of the transaction as I will equally be happy to arrange with you on terms of trade and
possible transfer of the funds needed for the investment into your company's account or personal account.
These funds were incurred as a kick back lifting of oil by the last top military government. Note that the former President of Nigeria late Gen. Sani Abacha and
his Cabinet allowed the nations refineries to collapse. This was a ground plot by the late head of state and his cabinets to enable them lift the Nations oil through the back door to their foreign counterpart in other to enrich their individual foreign bank
account. This money (US$36M) is now floating in the Federal Ministry of Finance as a redundant fund waiting to be claimed. Because of our new Federal Government Decree on Civil Servants, we are officially not allowed to own a company or operate a foreign bank account. Hence my soliciting for your assistance to enable me receives this fund into your company's account or personal account pending when I come over
for the sharing.
To enable me start the process and remittance of the fund into your bank account successfully within 14 banking days, I need the following information from
you by fax or e-mail:
* Beneficiary's name, address, private
telephone / fax number.
* Your bank particulars including your bank name,
address and your account number.
Note that as soon as I receive this information it will be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for final processing and approvals. With the modalities I have worked out it makes it possible for you to act as a contractor who worked under my ministry and now
waiting to receive his payment and when satisfied by the agencies your bank account will be credited within 48 banking hours
This transfer is 100% risk free having done all the underground works locally for the smooth transfer of the fund into your bank account within the shortest period. I advised that you should keep this transaction a top secret and rest all correspondence
to fax, e-mail or phone only, because I am occupying a sensitive position in the government circle and also this is once in a lifetime opportunity.
Finally I want you to assure me that you will work on my instruction and my own share of the money will be safe. You will be rewarded with 30% of the total sum for your honest assistance and co-operation 10% for all type of expense that we both parties might incur
during the course of this transaction and the balance of 60% remain for me.
Contact me by return mail for any question and further discussion.
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