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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. Charles Abiola" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 04:58:13 -0700

Mr. Charles Abiola
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Direct Phone/Fax no:234-9021074806
Dear Sir/Madam,
My name is Mr. Charles Abiola, a Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)  and  I have the pleasure of requesting your assistance in partnering with us in this business proposal herein below;
The Federal Government of Nigeria intends to privatize the 4 major Refineries in Nigeria so as to make it more viable, resourceful and to eliminate undue wastage and fraud in the Petroleum Sector. This privatization is in-line with the recommendations of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prerequisite for future financial assistance to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are heavily indebted to many companies and my committee has the mandate (task) of compiling the names of these companies and debt owed them and also recommend for payment, for all contracts that have been fully executed . With our position in the committee, which is  comprised of the NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC) Senior Officials, we have successfully secured for ourselves, the sum of US$ 41,500,000 (Forty One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) and this amount was derived from deliberate over-inflation of the actual contract val ues owe by the Nigerian N  
(1) Your Name/company name and full addresses, Telephone and Fax Number
(2) Your bank's name, Address, phone and fax number, Account name and Account Number,
also your Bank Swift Code, IBAN or ABA Numbers.
The above stated requirements will enable us apply and procure the necessary legal documentations for approvals and transfer of the payment to your account and the approvals will be procured from the involved Government offices and this process may take between 4-7 working days.
We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit absolute confidentiality from you in this transaction.
Mr. Charles Abiola
Direct Phone/Fax no:234-9021074806

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