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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. Nwaigwe Daniel" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 23:20:32 -0800
Subject: From Dr. Olubayo Adekunle.

*Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)*
*Block 708 bfalomo close.*
*Bonny Terminal Nigeria. *
*Tel: +234-813-139-3321. *

*ATTN: Sir/Madam.*

* I am **Dr. Olubayo Adekunle** the chairman of the contract award
committee, federal ministry of petroleum resources Nigeria and I am working
in conjunction with Former Petroleum Resources Minister Dieziani
Alison-Madukwe, at the moment she is really sick and needs me to take care
of this transaction as soon as possible. check this yourself *

* Am in search of an agent/person to assist us in the transfer of FORTY
subsequent investment in properties in your country. You will be required
*(1) Assist in the transfer of the said sum*
*(2) Advise on lucrative areas of investment*
*(3) Assist us in purchase of properties.*
* If you decide to render your service to us in this regard, 20% of the
total sum will be offered to you. Please send a reply to indicate your
willingness in assisting us so that I will direct you on what to do next,
including your direct telephone and fax numbers if you are responding.
Thanks for your anticipated assistance. *
*Yours sincerely,*

*Dr. Olubayo Adekunle*
*GED,operations Bonny Terminal.Chairman of the contract award

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