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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: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:20:02 +0200

Dear Friend,

I write to appeal for your co-operation to enable us secure an approval on your behalf for a transfer of US$23.5Million over invoiced contract amount, to be transferred from the central bank to your nominated bank account for our mutual benefit.

Early last year there was a major oil spillage in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria which rendered over 70% of the communities homeless. So the federal government decided to lease the three existing petroleum refineries to private individuals and companies to make the refineries more viable, resourceful and to eliminate undue wastage. So contracts were awarded to a foreign firm for the repair and construction of new refineries. The real contract value was
US$91.5Million, but we overestimated the contract to the tune of US$115Million.

Now the contract has been executed and completed, the original contractors has since been paid, but the contract balance of US$23.5Million, which is the monetary profit we envisaged from the over Invoiced contract sum is been left in a suspense account with the CENTRAL BANK Corresponding paying bank oversea.

I have been assigned by my other colleagues to seek for assistance of a reliable foreigner through whom we can transfer this sum of US$23.5Million which arose from the deliberate over-inflated contract value. The nature of your business is not particularly relevant for the success of this transaction. All we require is your willingness as a foreigner to co-operate with us and assured us that our own share will be given to us when this money is transferred into your account. We shall use an indigenous company which we have already been registered here for the stated contract to secure the payment approval in your favor; this is to enable the transfer of this remaining US$23.5Million to your nominated bank account which you shall provide to us. Upon the successful completion of this deal, we have agreed on a sharing formula of 40% of the fund will be for you, while 60% will be for my colleagues and I which we intend to invest in your country.

All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure a risk free situation on the side of both parties and it is believed that the conclusion of this transaction will not last more than 7 working days.

Kindly, send your full details which include your full name, address and telephone number for for effective communication, I shall call you when I receive all the details from you.

Engr. V. Mukoro

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