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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: "Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari Chief Executive, NNPC (Member)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2023 22:56:50 +0200

Corporate Headquarters
NNPC Towers, Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay Way,
P.M.B. 190, Garki, Abuja.


Attn: president/ceo

After Due deliberation with my colleagues Abdul Malik Aminu (GM, GGA, F&A Acting GGM, Accounts) Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), I decided to forward to you this Profitable Business Investment of U$D400 Million. We want a reliable person who can assist us to Receive this (U$D400 Million only) for Investment in your country. President Muhammad Bihari has appointed Godwin Okonkwo Mgr Planning Brass LNG GM, GM, Grp. Gen Acct the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (nnpc) and have also advised him to pay off all the nnpc contractors owned by Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This fund resulted from an over-invoiced contract awarded by us under the budget allocation to my ministry and the bill was approved for payment by the concerned ministries. The contract was executed, commissioned and the contractor was paid his actual cost of the contract. We are left with the balance of $400,000,000.00 only as the over invoiced amount which we have deliberately over estimated for our own use but under the protocol division, civil servants are forbidden to operate or own foreign accounts. We have agreed to share the money as follows:

1. 30% For You as the (Account owner)
2. 60% for me and My Colleagues
3. 10% for any expenses that we Might Encore during the Cause of this Transfer.

As you may want to know and to make you less curious, I got your address from our reputable chamber of commerce & industry in your country's embassy here in Nigeria. My name is Godwin Okonkwo Mgr. Planning Acct of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (nnpc).this transaction is 100% risk free hence the business was carefully planned before it was executed and we the NNPC. officials involved in this deal as we have put many years in service to our ministry, we have been exercising patience for this opportunity for so long, and to most of us this is a lifetime opportunity we cannot afford to miss.

To get this fund paid into your account, we have to present you as an international business outfit and consequent upon indication of your interest to fully assist us in this transaction; you will be required to finish us with the following.

1. Your Bank Name Address Phone and Fax.
2. Your Bank Account Number/ Swift Code and Routing Number (if any).
3. Your Private Phone and Fax Number for Easy Communication.
4. Your Full Name and Address.

This information will enable us to seek approval of the fund from the concerned quarters within 14 banking days and the Nigeria national petroleum corporation (NNPC) payment information data will be send to you for completion. All this will only take us about 30 working days to transfer this fund into your account from the day we receive your information. Let confidentiality, honesty and trust be our watchword throughout this transaction.

Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.

Best Regards.
Godwin Okonkwo (Mgr Planning Brass LNG GM, GM, Grp. Gen Acct)

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