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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: Ali Shareef Al-Emadi <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 00:27:54 +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 few years back, (OVER INVOICED

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

Kind regards,

Eng. Ibrahim Babalola.

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