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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: "John" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:01:26 -0700

Dear  Friend',
I am Mr. Mark John, Accountant General Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and also and accountant with Federal Ministry of petroleum Resources (FMPR) and a member of a three-man Tender Board in charge of contract review and payment approvals. I came to know of you in my search for a reliable person to handle a very confidential transaction that involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account. It may sound strange but exercise patience and read on.
There were series of contracts executed by a consortium Multinational in the Oil industry in favour of Ministry of Petroleum Resources among which were:
The extension of pipeline network within Nigeria for crude oil, Down stream products distribution and subsequent evacuation, Contract for the Turn around Maintenance (TAM) of the various refineries in the country etc.
However' some contractors was paid their contract sum while some has not been paid by the Government.
Few days ago, the president of the federal republic called to the Aso-Rock Villa Abuja, where we head meeting concerning contractors that has not been paid their contract payments. after the meeting, he then asked me to be in charge by preparing the name of the contractor that needed to be paid their contract payments and then submit it to him for approval.
Why am writing you this mail, is for us to do this deal, because I will be approving the sum of USD$9.5Million in your name and I want you to act as one of the contractors owned by the Nigerian Government, I will include your name in the file I will submit to the presidency for approval and I am prepared to give you 30% of the total sum after this money is been transferred to your bank account.
If you are willing to do this deal with me, kindly contact me via my private email address  then I will now tell you the next step that we are going to follow and what you need to send to me for me to start processing all the paper works to back up the claim of this USD$9.5M. Please donít fail to include your private contacts details. Please destroy this letter, if you are not willing to do this deal with me.
I will be investing my own share of the money through your guide lines in your country or if you have a company, I prefer to go into partnership with you. So please treat this deal with utmost confidentiality if you are willing to do this deal with me, and after all documentations, it will take just 7 banking working days to conclude everything.
Mr. Mark John

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