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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: "Malla Galadima Usman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:24:53 -0700

I wish this mail will not embarrass you as I have no previous correspondence with you.
I am Malla Galadima Usman , Director  Contract Tender Board, of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The prompting of this email is based on my strong desire to establish cordial and trust worthy business relationship with you.
My corporation awarded contract for construction and laying of crude and gas pipe line respectively to foreign Firm in the year 2014. the actual value of this contract was Two hundred and thirty million United States Dollars, but with our positions in the corporation we inflated the contract value to the tone of three hundred million US dollars. The contractor has long received the actual contract value of Two hundred and thirty million. Having successfully executed the contract. While this Seventy Million United States Dollars being the inflated amount, is still lying in our account books as unclaimed contract sum.
It is after thoughts on the above that I decided to contact you with view to position you as the genuine contractor who executed the US$70,000,000 contract but has not been paid, so that we can process the funds into your account. It is 100% risk free deal. We have taken care of all possible loopholes before this contact. A file shall be formally open in your name where all contract documents shall be appraised and authenticated in line with international contract terms. This you shall also present to your government when funds hit your account as a prove for source of funds.
We can negotiate and agree in percentage sharing of the 70,000.000 if you are willing and able to cooperate with me in the execution of this deal.
Kindly handle with utmost confidentiality at all times. As I look forward to your positive response.
Truly yours,
Malla Galadima Usman
Director Contract Tender Board

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