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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: "Ibrahim Ahmed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:21:08 +0200
Subject: My name is Ibrahim Ahmed. Waiting for your response

My  name  is Mr Ibrahim Ahmed Business Advisor to Group Managing Director (GMD) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) here in Nigeria, and a member of the Tender Board Committee in charge of contract review and payment approvals. Be informed that a member of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) who was at the Government delegation in your  Country  during a trade exhibition gave your enviable credentials/particulars to me, Though, for security reasons, I did not disclose the nature of this business to him. I have decided to seek confidential  cooperation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top confidential because of its nature.
Within the ministry where I work and as Director Contract Implementation and with the  co-operation  of two other top officials, we have in our possession as overdue payments bills totaling $21,500,000 Twenty-one million, five Hundred thousand. which we want to move abroad with the assistance and co-operation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said money on our behalf or a trusted foreign company account to receive the total money. More so, Because of a lot of Money transfers that are going on in Nigeria by Top Government Officials, we are handicapped in these circumstances, as the Nigeria Code of Conduct has prohibited us from owning or operating foreign/offshore accounts hence your importance in this
This $21.5M represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately to the tune of $21,500,000. Though the actual contract cost have been fully paid to the original contractor, leaving the over invoiced balance in the tune of the said $21,500,000M. which we have in principles gotten approval to be released by filing in an application through the Justice Ministry here in Nigeria for the change of transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you. Also all the Legal documentation will be obtained and sent cross to you for your perusal before the final release of the 21, 500, 000. to you
I have the authority of my partners to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction your share of the sum will be 30% of the $21.5 million, 70% for us. The business itself is 100% safe. More so, your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me
I want to assure you that my colleagues and I are in a position to make this possible provided you can give us a strong assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured.
Remember to treat this matter as very confidential, because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active Government Service here. Also, Remember that time is of the essence in this because if all things are equal, we expect to conclude this within the next 4 to 6 bank working days.
Mr Ibrahim Ahmed
Business Advisor to Group Managing Director
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC

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