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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: qqqqqqqqqqqq pppppppp <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:51:49 +0200
Subject: WELCOME

Good day.
My reason of contacting you is that I and my colleagues working in our
country’s National Petroleum Corporation want to buy any existing
modern crude oil refinery in any part of the world through your help.
We are ready to buy any available land in your country if you would
help us to secure whichever one so as to enable us build the refinery
or buy any existing refinery anywhere outside Africa. We will make you
our foreign partner abroad with some percentage shareholding if you
will be interested to work with us on this project.
We have the sum of ($600 Million Dollars) Six Hundred Million Dollars
for this project through Foreign Contract Purchase Fund.
However, in case you are not capable to handle this project with us,
please kindly connect us to any capable person or company that would
handle the project in order to enable us proceed at once.
We hope to hear from you in no distance time through this e-mail
address at: for immediate communication and more
information on how to go on.
With respect
Best Regards
Andrew Ede and Co,,

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