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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:

From: "Mele Kyari" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 06:09:05 +0300
Subject: Awaiting your urgent response

Nnpc Towers, Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay way, P.m.b. 190, Garki, Abuja.
From:Mr Mele Kolo Kyari(GMD)


I know that this proposal may come to you as a surprise especially having to come from someone you have not met before I got you information from your country chamber of commerce here in Nigeria.

My name is Mr Mele Kolo Kyari,Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Be informed that my partner and I awarded a contract to a foreign firm (Sheng Yang Contraction Company) with contract Ref No:NNPC/PED/1462/KADREF/92) for the maintenance of the Nigeria petroleum-chemical complex located at Kaduna, Nigeria.

I know that this proposal may come to you as a surprise especially having to come from someone you have not met before, but I would like you to co-operate with me so that this $48,000,000.00 will be released and transferred into your account, It is my profound intention to contact you for this very important and highly confidential transaction for the transfer of $48,000,000.00 Forty eight million United State Dollars Only into your bank account.

The contract has been successfully executed by the contractors and their contract sum has been paid to them, leaving our overestimated balance of $48,000,000.00 (Forty eight million United State Dollars Only) still pending at the bank. Right now, we are left with this overestimated balance of $48,000,000.00 (Forty eight million United States) dollar only which is still floating at the escrow account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) waiting for final payment to any reliable foreign bank account you may provide.

We, as government officials, are not permitted to own or operate foreign bank account. therefore we need reliable person who will provide us with a foreign account where to transfer and deposit this $48,000,000.00 (Forty eight million United States dollar) only that is the reason we are soliciting for your sincere assistance to provide us with an account where to transfer this money .all moralities for the easy of this money is now in place, the period of this transaction is only two weeks from the day we receive your bank account details.

Note that 10% of our share will be invested in your country, as we propose to give you 30% of the $48,000,000.00, my partners and I will get 60% of the money. The balance of 10% will be allocated to cover all expenses uncured by both partners, be informed that this proposal is urgent and confidential, Please send to me your bank account details and full address of company name and address, your private phone and fax number for easy communication which will be used in securing all the necessary documents for easy transfer of the fund.

Awaiting your urgent response.
Best regards.
Mr Mele Kolo Kyari
Group Managing Director
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC

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