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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:

Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 15:29:05 +0100
Subject: NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD)

Sir / Madam,
I am contacting you based on President Buhari administration’s
advertisements and publications for willing foreign contractors to
seek for contracts with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC). I am Dr. Joseph T. Dawha, the present NNPC Group
Managing Director (GMD). I want to inform you that with my position, I
can guarantee you a profitable contract award from the NNPC. If you
are interest in executing contract with the NNPC, please contact me
for more details.

Full Name:-----------------------
Alternative Email:-----------------------
Your id or international passport:-----------------------

Based Regards,
Dr. Joseph T. Dawha
Group Managing Director (GMD)

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