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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:

From: Alh. Jubril Hassan<>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:03:35 +0200

Nnpc Towers, Central Business District,
herbert macaulay way,
P.m.b. 190, Garki, Abuja.

From: Alh. Jubril Hassan
Chairman Contract Award Committee

Dear Ceo,

My name is alh. Jubril Hassan, chairman contract award committee with the Nigeria national petroleum cooperation (Nnpc). Be informed that my partners and I awarded a contract to a foreign firm (sheng yang contraction company japan with contract no nnpc/ped/1462/kadref/92) for the maintenance of the Nigeria petroleum-chemical complex located at Kaduna, Nigeria.

The contract amount was us$98,000,000.00 (ninety eight million united state dollars only) however, we over invoiced the cost of the contract to us$143,000,000.00. The original contractor has been paid in full; the U$D98, 000,000.00, what is now left, is the top up sum of us$45,000,000.00 (forty-five million united state dollars).

We, as government officials, are not permitted to own or operate foreign bank account. therefore we need reliable person who will provide us with a foreign account where to transfer and deposit this us$45,000,000.00, that is the reason we are soliciting for your sincere assistance to provide us with an account where to transfer this money .all moralities for the easy transfer of this money is now in place, the period of this transaction is only two weeks from the day we receive your bank account details. When this money gets to your account, we will meet face to face for the sharing arraignments. Note that 10% of our share will be invested in your country. We propose to give you 30% of the U$D45, 000,000.00, my partners and I will get 60% of the money.

The balance of 10% will be allocated to cover all expenses uncured by both partners, be informed that this proposal is urgent and confidential.

Please fax to me your bank account details and full address company name and address and your private phone and fax number for easy communication and which will also be used in securing the necessary documents for easy transfer of the fund.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Best regards.

Alh. Jubril Hassan.

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