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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:

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2023 12:44:31 +0100
Subject: Attn: Hello Sir: ( Lets Have An Understanding For Investment )

Very Confidential

I am Dr. Timipre Sylva , The Minister of States on Petroleum And
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC
I am in charge of contract payments in Nigeria National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC). My official
responsibility relates to contract review and payments.

Fortunately, I'm privileged to know about pending contract
payments unclaimed over the years. Such pending payments are subject to
further review and re-assignment, as the need
If I have a reliable group or company or person for such a re-assignment
exercise, we can proceed with the
necessary machinery that can warrant payment to this new reliable party/
beneficiary. We need your understanding,
interest and cooperation to realize this objective.

This reassignment will entail you making available to me the

1, Your company name, office and home address.
2, Your confidential phone line.
3, Your bank details, where you enjoy the confidentiality of your bankers.

Please be informed that we have pending unclaimed contract sums, ranging
from US$10 Million to over $100 Million

Please inform me in honesty the amount or volume of cash that your given
account can absorb without any query or

Looking forward to your sincere and urgent reply through my personal email,
or call my direct telephone number below

Best Regard,
Dr. Timipre Sylva
Minister of States for Petroleum and
Group Managing Director, NNPC
Private Email:

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