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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:13:14 +0100


Dear Sir/Madam,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am Dr. Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Meanwhile i am contacting you that the former Managing Director of Oil and Gas Consultants engineer under this corporation here in Nigeria, late Engineer Francis Roy Edward, Who was killed by Boko Haram Bomb blast attack in his office on the 25th of June, 2014.

In this notice, I'm contacting you that the former Managing Director of Oil and Gas Consultants engineer in this corporation had left behind a deposit of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only($10.5million) with a finance company. The funds originated from contract transactions he executed in his registered area of business. Just after his death, I was contacted by the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about($10.5million Only) to provide any of his relative or his Next of Kin, reasons been that his deposit agreement contains a residuary clause giving to me as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, an express authority to nominate the beneficiary to his funds. Unknown to the Bank, Mr.Francis R. Edward had left no possible trace of any of his close relative with me, making all efforts in my part to locate his family relative to be unfruitful since his death. In addition, The late Engineer Francis Roy Edward own story when he was alive, he was only adopted and his foster parents whom he lost in 1976, according to him was no possible relative's of his real family.

The funds had remained unclaimed since his death, but I had made effort writing several letters to the United States embassy with intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate, and all such efforts have been to no avail. More so, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the Bank. However, it will interest you to know that I personally discovered that some directors of this finance house are making plans already to have this fund to themselves only to use the excuse that since I am unable to find a Next of Kin to late Engineer Francis Roy Edward, then the funds should be confiscated.

I reasoned very professionally and resolved to use a legal means to retrieve the abandoned funds, and that is to present you as the Next of Kin to the deceased. This is legally possible and would be done in accordance with the laws. On this note, I decided to search for a credible person like you which i would like to present you to the "trustee" Bank as the late Engineer Francis R. Edward surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the Bank. I find this to be possible for the fuller reasons that you are of the same nationality with the late Engineer Francis R. Edward, making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim to enable the Citigroup Bank of Nigeria to paid the funds to you before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable to the bank where this huge amount is lodged.

I do sincerely sympathize the death of my Colleague late Engineer Francis R.. Edward, which I think it is unprofitable for this funds to be submitted to the government of this country or some financial institution. I seek your assistance since I have been unable to locate the relatives for the past three years now and no one have come for the claim.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer. As I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.

Therefore i want you to call the personal Attorney, Mr. Charles Ogboli on his telephone number +2347065385482, or get him on his alternative,, for better confidentiality.

Kindly file the form below:

[1] Full Names:_____________
[2] Contact address_________
[3] Direct Telephone No: ____
|4| Occupation : _______
|5| Age:_______________

Perhaps 60% to you and 35% to the Personal Attorney and his Law Chamber, while 5% goes to any expenses during the transaction.please do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you.

Best regards,


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