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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:

Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 15:19:18 +0100
Subject: Accountant at NNPC

office as a chief accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC). Upon my resumption and vetting of contract files, I
discovered an outstanding sum of $35 million which was as a result of
OVER-INVOICING done by the past contract award Committee of NNPC. This fund
is floating in the consolidated bank account of the NNPC awaiting for claim
hence the original contractors have been paid their claims and abandoned
the over invoiced amount for good reasons of been probed by this new
regime.My reasons of contacting you through this means is to request for
your help/partnership to provide me with a reliable bank account where we
can process this fund and transfer it for our mutual benefits. If you are
interested to partnership with me, I would want you to contact me
immediately for the full details and procedures of the transaction.EMAIL: <>Thank
you.Kenneth AdamsAccountant at (SPDC)*

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