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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: "Jimmy B. Ladan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 14:42:14 +0400

Dear partner

I crave your discreet indulgence should you be inclined towards this brief. I am one of the members of Budget and Planning Special Committee at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. This committee is principally for Federal Government contract appraisals and approval in order of priorities as regards capital projects in Nigeria. I've been mandated to represent my senior colleagues who took time to perfect the sequence of transfer protocol.

Having successfully secured amounts accumulated from assumed mark-up on disbursed contractual invoices, I was charged to contact you for your assistance to provide an existing account and your vital identifications to stand as this contract executor. For example: NOSDRA (National Oil Spill Detection and
Response Agency) account for 2015 is USD 349,978,185,874.21 and NIMASA (Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency) 2014 spill-over account is $580,986,085,732.98. Hence after $350 billion is drawn and exhausted, the mumbo-jumbo of how 978,185,874.21 checks out were previously not accounted for nor were these excesses ever balanced since inception of crude oil accountancy
in Nigeria.

We have had extensive planning to transfer this amount into an overseas account via our Federal Ministry of Finance, by awarding an already existent contract from my Ministry (NNPC). For this effect,
25% is for You. Please consider within yourself to come in with us with the unequivocal promise not to jeopardize each other in any way.
This is emphasized by no mention of the amount in question. I hope you agree.

Best regards,
Jimmy B. Ladan

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