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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: "Dr. Faruk Bello" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 13:27:48 -0700
Subject: Business Request

Good day,
I am a member of the Federal Government of Nigeria Contract Award and Monitoring Committee in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) Sometime
ago, a contract was awarded to a foreign firm in NNPC by my Committee.The contract was delibrately over invoiced.The over invoicing was a deal by my committee
to benefit from the project.

We now want to transfer this money which is in a suspense Account with CBN into any Overseas Account which we expect you to provide for us.If you are interested
in this deal, kindly email me with my private email addresses; and, for further details upon your acceptance
of this proposal as time is of the essence in this business deal.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation,

Yours Truly,

Dr. Faruk Bello


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