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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 Francisco Javier" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:30:39 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: URGENT

Ref No, EG/51127LT-OIL-09
  I know this letter may come as a surprise to you, since we have not meet before, I should have taking a more conducive means to consult you on this transaction, kindly bear with me because I do not mean any harm.
I have endorsed a contract on behalf of Magnum Corporation SA, as their contact representative, for a supply of Crude oil, vessel admitted to move through the rubber oil village Company, right now the agreement has been concluded and the shipment/supply already made successfully.
The  Managing Director Rubber oil Village company, Mr. Benson Clark, has requested me to help in opening a non resident account on his name here in Spain, because he doesn’t want the payment fund to be transfer to the account of the company’s he represent, it makes me to understand that the supply was made with out the consent of the Rubber oil Village company, therefore I advised him that it is better to seek for a consent of an aside person who can provide an existing bank account or open a new account for onward transfer of the outstand sum of US$20,600,000.00 Million (Twenty million six hundred thousand United State Dollars only) so that the fund will be wire transfer to the third party provided bank account overseas.
Kindly contact me as soon as possible if you are willing to conclude this transaction with me so that we can proceed to transfer the fund to your account with out delay, I assure you 100% risk free of this transaction and the availability of the contract documentations, agreements and etc. It has been agreed that the above amount will be divided into three between you, me, and Mr. Benson Clark , Therefore you will be entitle of US$6.666,000.00 Million.
Be informed that the fund was not stolen, just that Mr. Benson Clark , has completed a supply contract with out the knowledge of the company where he is the Managing Director, this is just a business. For security reasons, kindly mention this reference number EG/51127LT-OIL-09 on every of our correspondences
Expecting your urgent response on my direct email address bellow which is
Sincerely yours
Dr  Francisco Javier

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