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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: ISA INUWA <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 14:39:20 +0100

Hello ,

How are you today? I am ISA INUWA, I work with the Finance Director in
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. I am delighted to inform you that
I have a business proposal that is worth $18.2 Million Dollars I will like
to discuss with you.The Finance Director has instructed me to look for a
foreign business man/woman who is ready and willing to be our business
partner. We will provide the $18.2 Million Dollars. This fund is a proceeds
of contract payment over invoice .We have successfully secured it for
ourselves and the contract have been fully paid for and executed.

You are to receive and invest the fund for a period of ten years for the
benefit of the three of us, we can then roll it over again. But if you are
not interested in partnership, the fund can be share in this ratio: You
will take 34% of the fund, while 65% will be for me and the Finance
Director and the remaining 1% will be use later to off set any expenses
that might be incurred in receiving the $18.2 Million Dollars
into your bank account. The money that you and us might spent to facilitate
receiving the funds into your bank account.

Please, I will like you to get back to me so that I can give you more
details.This move is an attempt to save this fund from being seized from us
by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

You can read through the link below: They just seized fund from one of our
retired staff.

I wait to hear from you.

Yours Faithfully,


Finance Department,
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

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