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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: "DR. ANDY UBA" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:11:13 +0100
Subject: Proposal for Transfer Assistance

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
7 KofoAbayomi Street, Victoria Island, P. M. B.
12701, Lagos.
Tel: +234-708-079-2105

Date: 13th July, 2016

Office Of The Presidential Contract Review Panel
Chairman: Dr. Andy Uba

Attn: The Manager/CEO,

Proposal for Transfer Assistance.

I am making this contact with you after the satisfactory information I gathered from the United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

I am the leader of a Presidential Contract Review Panel on foreign debt. I am contacting you as a trustworthy individual, into whose account I intend to transfer some funds.

Presently, I have in our possession, instrument of payment for US$31,850,000.00 (THIRTY ONE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLAR).This amount arose from over-invoicing of some supplies of medical equipments and engineering works which was financed by the Petroleum Trust Fund. The Contractors have been paid in full for the job. This fund is therefore free to be transferred overseas without any risk whatsoever.

Due to the nature of accrual of these funds, it has to be applied for by a foreign individual or organization, and payment can only be made into a foreign account: Hence my contact with you is necessary to accomplish this deal. I am willing to compensate you with 20% of the amount for providing an account and all other relevant assistance to enable me wire transfer this US$31,850,000.00 to you to hold for me for a brief period of time.

I shall require from you the following urgently, by fax or email:

1. Your name, contact address, telephone and fax numbers.
2. The name and full address of your organization or company.

I have had fruitful discussions with relevant top officials of both the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and the Debt Reconciliation Committee (DRC) and they have agreed to co-operate in the transfer. An application for funds transfer will be made at the appropriate ministries in favor of you, the beneficiary. Thereafter you will be officially regarded as having executed the contract for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for which payments is being made. This process makes the operation legal according to the laws of the federal Republic of Nigeria.

Please, treat this transaction as strictly confidential, I am a civil servants who would not want my names tarnished, bearing in mind my positions.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation, while I await your timely response.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Andy Uba
Direct Tel: +234-708-079-2105

NB: Please reply through e-mail for confidentiality

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