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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:

Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:49:20 +0100


Dear Sir/Ma,

Good day and how are you and your family?

I personally direct this e-mail to you in confidence for you and i mutual benefits with hope you will not disappoint me,I have gone through your remarkable profile.

I am Mr Ayuli Jemide, Director allocation department from the (Central Bank of Nigeria,) Lagos Branch. My office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial institutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign claim payments. My office is also saddled with the responsibility of screening,categorization and prioritization of projects embarked upon by the Nigerian Government as well as feasibility studies for selected projects and supervising the projects consultants involved. A breakdown of the fiscal expenditure by this office as at the end of the last quarter of 2014 indicates that the NNPC paid out a whooping sum of US$936M (Nine Hundred and Thirty Six Million, United States Dollars) to successful contract beneficiaries for the supply and maintenance of the closed refineries machineries.The NNPC is now compiling beneficiaries to be paid at the second quarter of 2015 as instructed by the new president General Mohammed Buhari Rtd..

I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim settlement. I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum by the ex-officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation {NNPC} .

On this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to an unpaid fund. I have a file before me and the data's are correct and UN-tampered. As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits, I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I received two days ago from the Foreign Debts reconciliation dept to submit the List of payment reports / expenditures and audited reports of revenues and I have collectively agreed with my colleague to present you as the beneficiary of an overdue fund.

Among several others, I have decided to remit your claim sum following my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.

My conditions:

1. The sum of USD$19.7M { Nineteen Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only will be transfer into your account after the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonfide beneficiary,the transfer will be made by Draft or telegraphic Transfer (T/T), confirmable in 7 working days.

2. We have also evolved a sharing formula as follows: -(1) 39% for you as the foreign account owner (2) 60% for l and my colleague (3) 1% will be set aside to defray all incidental expenses both locally and internationally during the course of this transaction.

2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email /telephone, for security purposes.

3. There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.

Note that this is legal transaction and 100% risk free. It is not a hoax or one of these internet scam. I guarantee that this will be executed under a justifiable understanding that will protect you from any breach of law. As I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality in this transaction. Please kindly send me your positive response to enable us discuss further on this transaction and also to enable me forward to you available documents and secure the necessary legal documentations on your behalf which enable you get the legal backing to the claim and have the fund transferred to your bank account within 7 bank working days from the day I receive your current information as listed below.

Your Full Name......
Phone Number........
Copy of Identity....
Home Address........

I hope you don't reject this offer and have this funds transferred.

Waiting for your reply soon.

Mr Ayuli Jemide

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