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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: "Eng. Ibrahim Babalola" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 12:30:16 +0100

Dear friend,

My name is Eng. Ibrahim Babalola, and I am the Chairman, Contract
tenders Board of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

I have a sum of $118.9 million (USD) in my custody that I want to move
out of my country for safe keeping / Investment in your Country,
the Origin of the funds are as a result of a deliberate inflation of
the value of a contract awarded by our corporation a few years back,

You will take 25% of the total sum, for your assistance.I will give
you more details about the transaction upon your acceptance.

Be rest assured that everything is legal and risk free as I have
concluded all the arrangements for the procurement of the legal papers
that will back up the transaction. Kindly indicate your interest if
you can assist me so as to enable me to give you the FULL details
about the transaction.

I am waiting for your urgent response with your confidential phone
number to discuss with you, this is my Confidential number:
+234 9095783857 or you can send me your confidential number to discuss with you.

Kind regards,

Eng. Ibrahim Babalola.

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