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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: "ALBERT IDIAKA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 14:09:57 +0200

Dear Sir I Am Idiaka Albert, an Accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). I Also headed A Seven-Man Tenders Board in charge of Contract Awards and Payment Approvals. I am contacting you to handle a very confidential transaction which involves the transfer of a huge Sum of money to a Foreign Account. Firstly, I want to crave your indulgence to handle this proposal with utmost secrecy and give it the urgency it deserves Sometimes in 2018, there were series of Contracts Executed by a Consortium of Multi-Nationals in the Oil Industry in favor of my Corporation, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC. The Original Value of this Contracts was deliberately over-invoiced for our personal use. Please, note that the Companies that Actually Executed these Contracts have been fully paid and the Projects Officially Commissioned. My Colleagues And I Are Willing To Transfer The the over invoiced Amount To Your Account For Subsequent Disbursement, Since We, Civil Servants Are Prohibited By law From Operating Foreign Accounts In Our Names. Needless To Say, The Trust Reposed On You At This Juncture Is Enormous. It is the Over Invoiced which is currently in the suspense account of my Corporation (NNPC) that I and my colleague have agreed to transfer into your account for Investment purpose. Based on this,I am asked by my colleague to seek your assistance for an Offshore account in this regards. At the successful transfer of the funds, it will shared on an agreed percentage between me and my colleague on one side and you on the other side. Is more important to us is to get the funds transferred out of this country into a foreign account after we can meet. Please, indicate your willingness by contacting me through my private email address ( ) for more details / plans. Thanks, Idiaka Albert

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