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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Group Managing Director · Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 03:49:53 +0200
Subject: Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari (Group Managing Director · Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation)

Nnpc towers, central business district,
Business Offices, Lagos Business Office (LBO)
13B, Oju Olobun Close, Off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island,

From: Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari Chief Executive, (Member)
Group Managing Director · Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Attn: Ceo,

My name is Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari Chief Executive, (Member) with the Nigeria national petroleum corporation (nnpc). Be informed that my I and my colleagues Mr. Umar Ajiya, Chief Financial Officer, NNPC Ltd. (Member) awarded contract to a foreign firm (Günther Heigl Daimler AG construction company Germany) with contract NO NNPC/FMF/CBN/22/566/KADREF/98 for the maintenance of the Nigeria petroleum-chemical complex located at Kaduna, Nigeria.

The contract amount was over invoiced to the cost of the contract to US$143,000,000.00. The original contractor (Günther Heigl Daimler AG construction company Germany) has been paid in full amount of his contract fund, what is now left is the top up sum of the U$D143, 000,000.00, (Million United States Dollars) which was over invoiced.

However, we need reliable company / person who will provide us with a foreign account where to transfer and deposit this U$D143, 000,000.00 only investment, that is the reason we are soliciting for your sincere assistance to provide us with an account where to transfer this money as all modalities for the easy transfer of this money is now in place, the period of this transaction is only two weeks from the day we receive your bank account details.

However, when this fund gets to your bank account, we will meet face to face as to sign investment arraignment and sharing. Note that 50% of our share will be invested in your country. We propose to give you 30% of the U$D143, 000,000.00, as my partners and I will get 60% of the money.

The balance of 10% will be allocated to cover all expenses uncured by both partners, and be informed that this proposal is urgent and confidential.

Please send to me your bank account details, full name, address and your private phone and fax number for easy communication, which will also be used in securing the necessary documents for easy transfer of the fund.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Best regards.

Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari Chief Executive, NNPC (Member)
Group Managing Director · Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

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