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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: "Dr.Evans Egobia" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2019 03:25:03 -0700
Subject: Business Proposal...............7

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Federal capital territory Office.
complex block A,area 11
P.M.B.135 Garki Abuja.Fct

Dear Friend

It is with trust and confidence that i write to make this urgent

business proposal to you.i was assigned by two of my colleague to seek

for a foreign partner who will assist us in providing a convenient

foreign account in any designated bank abroad for the transfer of us

$35,500,000.00 pending on our arrival in your country for utilization

and disbursement with the owner of the account.

this amount results from a deliberate inflation of the value of a

contract awarded by our ministry - the federal ministry of agriculture

(fma)to an expatriate company.the contract has been executed and

payment made to the original contractor,remaining the over-invoiced

amount of us$35.5 million,which we want to transfer the funds out the

country in our favour for disbursement among ourselves.the transfer of

this money can only be possible with the help of a foreigner who will

be presented as the beneficiary of the fund.

as government officials, we are not allowed to operate foreign

accounts,and this is the reason why we decided to contact you. we have

agreed that if you/your company can act as the beneficiary of this fund

(us$35,500,000.00 million)25% of the total sum will be for you for

providing the account while 5% will be set aside for the expenses

incurred during the cost of transfer of the fund into your account

while 70% will be reserved for us.

we hereby solicit for your assistance in providing a convenient account

number in a designated bank abroad where this fund would be

transferred.we intend coming over there on the completion of this

transfer to secure our own share of the money.

please note that we have been careful and have made all arrangements

towards the success and smooth transfer of the fund to your account

before you. for security reasons and confidentiality of this

transaction, we demand that you should not expose this proposal and the

entire transaction to anybody.

we are putting so much trust in you with the hope that you would not

betray us. or sit on this money when it is finally transferred into

your rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free.

if this proposal is acceptable to you,indicate your interest by sending

a email to us including your bank name & address,account

number,telephone and fax numbers.

note:our former president Dr.Good luck Ebele Jonathan collaborated with

the former chairman of the economic financial crime commission ,Chief

(Mrs.) Farida Mzamber Waziri to stop the junior ranks officers from

transferring funds out of the country. he sent different publication

to many countries in the world as propaganda to discourage all

government officials from transferring funds into an overseas account

to avoid and save guides the countries economy.

apparently, so that other government officials will not benefits from

these( oil windfalls venture) where he has been a culprit alone with

his aides.more details about this transaction will be given to you as

soon as we receive your positive respond.

note that the particular nature of your company's business is

irrelevant to this transaction. if this transaction interests you, your

urgent response will be appreciated.

yours faithfully,

Dr.Evans Egobia
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