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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. Abubakar Yaradua" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 06:27:57 -0700
Subject: RE: 04/06/2016/CAN I TRUST YOU?

Email: our Ref, NNPC, FRN, 2016 Attn: Execut=
AL I am Mr. Abubakar Yaradua, Accountant General Nigeria National Pe=
troleum Corporation and also and accountant with Federal Ministry of petrol=
eum Resources (FMPR) and a member of a three-man Tender Board in charge of =
contract review and payment approvals. I came to know of you in my search f=
or a reliable person to handle a very confidential transaction that involve=
s the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account. It may sound st=
range but exercise patience and read on. There were series of contracts exe=
cuted by a consortium Multinational in the Oil industry in favour of Minist=
ry of Petroleum Resources among which was: 1. The extension of pipel=
ine network within Nigeria for crude oil, Down stream products distribution=
and subsequent evacuation- US$ 195 Million. 2. Contract for the Turn ar=
ound Maintenance (TAM) of the various refineries in the country~ US$ 152Mil=
lion. 3. The construction of the Kaduna Refinery, some contractors where=
paid their contract sum while some has not been paid by the Nigerian Gover=
nment. Few days ago, the president of the federal republic of Nigeria calle=
d to the Aso-Rock Villa Abuja, where we head meeting concerning contractors=
that has not been paid their contract payments, after the meeting, he then=
asked me to be in charge by preparing the name of the contractor that need=
ed to be paid their contract payments and then submit it to him for approva=
l. Why am writing you this mail, is for us to do this deal, because =
I will be approving the sum of USD$9.5Million in your name and I want you t=
o act as one of the contractors owned by the Nigerian Government, I will in=
clude your name in the file I will submit to the presidency for approval an=
d I am prepared to give you 30% of the total sum after this money is been t=
ransferred to your bank account. Sir/Madam, if you are willing to do=
this deal with me, kindly contact me via the telephone numbers or email ad=
dress above then I will now tell you the next step that we are going to fol=
low and what you need to send to me for me to start processing all the pape=
r works to back up the claim of this USD$9.5M. Please don=92t fail to inclu=
de your private contacts details. Please destroy this letter, if you are no=
t willing to do this deal with me. I will be investing my own share of the =
money through your guide lines in your country or if you have a company, I =
prefer to go into partnership with you. So please treat this deal with utmo=
st confidentiality if you are willing to do this deal with me, and after al=
l documentations, it will take just 7 banking working days to conclude ever=
ything. Thanks ABUBAKAR YARADUA Email:

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