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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: "Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:05:06 -0800


I must apologies for the inconvenient my previous government has cause you to received your contract funds from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Well now that everything is under my control globally you can see how we are fighting corruption all over the world, i find out that your due payment is still kept awaiting to be transfer to you there in your country. Your total funds with interest with the NNPC is about $450,000,000 and i want you to note that i have given an order to the accountant general in charge to issue out this payment to you with immediately effect after which all
legal protocol have been meant including the transfer fee.

You are advise to pay all charges imposed on your funds for clearance purpose and transfer,then the accountant general will have to employed the services of a lawyer on your behalf to signed all legal document on your behalf and be informed that there is no way this fee can be deducted from the principal funds due to new banking policy here.

Note:The total fee to pay to get all this document for the release of this funds $450,000,000.00 is about US$1,7000.000.00 United Stated Dollars.

Below are the list of document needed to procured and signed before your funds $450,000.000.00 can be transferred to your bank account and the total cost of the document is 1,7000.000.00 and i will advise you also to make the $1,700,000.00 transfer instalmentally due to transfer policy everywhere in the world so it will be wise to get the $1,700,000,00 transfer 3 times to make things easier for you there in your country.

By transferring $500,000.00 first then next transfer should be $500,000.00 before the final $700,000.00 without no problem ok .

DIST,= Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer Certificate
International Remittance File,
Irrevocable Presidential Permit (IPP),
Homeland Clearance Certificate,

Deduction is impossible from the principal funds so take note of that as earlier been told.

So contact the accountant general now and asked him the bank account to start transferring the fee US$1,7000.000.00 to bit by bit for the document mentioned above so to procured the document before the your
funds $450,000,000.00 can be release .

Phone Number:+234-80-2561-7124

Good luck and congratulations.

From The Office Of Presidency
Muhammadu Buhari

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