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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: " Engr. C.J.Sonangol " <>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 06:56:28 -0700
Subject: Angolan Crude Allocation Partnership!!

ATTN: CEO / Managing Director,

I decided to approach you for a possible partnership in a multi-million do=
llar project in crude oil trading. The company I work for is Sonangol Soci=
edade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola,We have urgent need for 2 million =
barrel of Crude Oil per month for 12 months (1 year) from MINPET (ANGOLA MI=

As we are going to be lifting 2 Million barrels per a month from the block=
=2EThe USD$4.00 discount from block sums up to USD$8 Million per a month, a=
nd the USD$2.00 from Sonangol Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola=
comes to USD$4 Million per a month. This will make a total of USD$12 Milli=
on gross earning/income to our group per a transaction per month. On equity=
sharing ratio, both of us will be netting a total USD$12 Million as profit=
s monthly.

Feel free to ask for clarifications to enable you understand this process =

Best Regards,
Engr. C.J.Pinto
Private / Wasup Tel::+27-83-7292-713

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