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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: Agent Louis James <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2020 01:49:57 -0800
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam,

I hope you would know the essence of my contact with you. I sincerely
promise that the deal is 100% risk-free to both sides; hence our top
powers to execute it.

My names are Mr. Louis James.Director Department of Petroleum
Resources (DPR). My term of reference involves the award of contracts to
multinational companies. My office is saddled with the responsibility of
contract Award, screening, categorization and privatization of projects
embarked upon by Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) as well as
feasibility studies for selected projects and supervising the project
consultants involved.

A breakdown of the fiscal expenditure by this office as at the end of first
fiscal quarter of 2020 indicates that (DPR) paid out a whooping sum of
US$2B (Two Billion United States Dollars) to successful local and foreign
contractors. The (DPR) is now compelling beneficiaries to be paid for this
First Quarter First batch of the year 2020.

The crux of this letter is that the Finance/Contract Department of the
(DPR) under my instruction deliberately over-invoiced the contract value
of the various contracts Awarded. In the course of disbursements, my
department has been able to accumulate the sum of $100MUSD (Hundred
Million U.S Dollars only) as the over-invoiced sum.

This money is currently in a suspense account of the (DPR) account with
the Debt Reconciliation Committee (DRC). We now seek to process the
transfer of this fund officially as contract payment to you as a foreign
contractor, who will be fronting for us as the beneficiary of the fund. In
this way we can facilitate these funds into your nominated foreign account
for possible investment abroad. We are not allowed as a matter of
government policy to operate any foreign account to
transfer this fund into.

Now my questions are: -
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission if you can facilitate the movement of this
fund into your account?

Be informed that on completion of this Project we will use part of our own
share to invest in your country under your care.

Please note that the transfer operation will take ten working days to be

Send the requested information below to this email: so that we can
proceed further.

(1) Your Full Name:........................
(2) Your Full Contact Address:.............
(3) Your Direct Mobile Line:...............
(4) Your Private Fax No:...................
(5) Your company name if any...............
(6) Your occupation:.......................
(7) Your age:..............................
(8) Your Full Banking Details Where the funds will be transferred into.


Mr Louis James.

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