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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: "Greg Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 19:55:26 +0200
Subject: Requesting your working assistance


It is with trust and confidence and for whom you are in the society 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 offshore my country, who will assist us in providing a convenient foreign account in any designated bank for the transfer of$35,500,000.00 pending on our arrival in your country for disbursement accordingly.

This amount resulted from a deliberate inflation of Contract Value awarded by our ministry - The Federal Ministry of Agriculture (FMA) to an expatriate Company (precisely Deere machinery USA Inc for supply of Agricultural Tractors/ Machinery). The contract was executed and payment made to them, remaining the over-invoiced amount of $35.5 million, which we want to transfer now in your favour for disbursement among ourselves. The transfer of this money can only be possible with the help of an Oversea Partner who will be presented as the beneficiary of the fund.

As a government officials, we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts, hence the need to contact you. We have agreed that 35% 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 60% will be reserved for us.

We hereby solicit for your assistance in providing a convenient Offshore account 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. For security reasons we demand that you keep his proposal and the entire transaction to yourself alone.

Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, therefore we require you mail us the followings details, name and address and Banking Coordinates. I am on standby to give more details as you may require.

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.

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest.

Greg Williams
Deputy Director,(Fed Mins.of Agriculture)

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