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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: "JOHN O. ABOH" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 18:19:59 -0700

Dear Friend,

Reports of fraud,Negligence, Errors and others by Foreigners
about our country; Nigeria has prompted the Federal Government to
empower only our Bank; First Bank of Nigeria, PLC to find lasting
solutions to these problems. The Files and all Documents relating to
Foreign-Affairs has been handed over to our Bank. This letter is written
to you in order to correct and ameliorate certain problems that have
arised as a result of Frauds,Negligence, Errors in the past.

You are among the beneficiaries we have so far discovered by record
and only your e-mail address is the only contact information we could
retrieve for now from the past records of Stake-Holders who have not
been cleared for one payments or the other and the Bank is ready to
Transfer the money/fund to any country of your choice when you have
replied this mail.

I am Mr. John Aboh the Director, International Remittance Department
of this Bank(First Bank of Nigeria PLC), my Boss, Mr. Jacobs M. Ajekigbe,
the Managing Director/CEO of this bank is now on compulsary leave
and all power have been vested on me to make all international

Also, due to reported cases of corrupt practices in other Nigeria Banks
including the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Government has
revocked/cancelled all power vested on those banks and have
appointed our bank (First Bank of Nigeria) to make all foreign payments.

Your fund has been in this bank for many years unclaimed because my
boss Mr. Jacobs Ajekigbe have refused to tell you the truth on how to
claim your fund this is because he has been using the interest
accumulated from your fund every year to enrich himself without your

I want to help you pull out this fund to your bank account using the easiest
and the quickest method, which have not been made known to you before.
By this method, you will open a domiciliary account with this bank (First Bank
of Nigeria), your fund would be lodged into this dociliary account and your fund
will be paid in directly to any bank of your choice.

After the transfer, you will confirm the fund in your bank account within
5-hours same day. No Cost of Transfer (COT) and no stoppage from
any Government departments as the transfer will be done within the
bank alone and it is very safe.

The method which was introduced to you before is the Telegraphic
Transfer(TT) for which confirmation was 48hrs, because of the time
factor, petitions could come from various organizations stopping your
payment and asking you to pay huge fee which would be difficult for
you to pay so that they can benefit from the huge interest your fund
generates while still in the Bank.

This method is not safe for you because it is not done within the bank
alone as information of the payment would be sent to the Central
Control Unit(CCU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance and office of the
Accountant General of the Federation.

As a Man of dignity, I have nothing to gain by keeping your fund, I want
to assist you receive your fund before my boss rsumes office. You have to
follow up and work with me now, so keep this very confidential because of
fraudsters and impostors who go about presenting various bank accounts in
order to divert another beneficiary's fund.

Confirm to me through this e-mail address: ,
your present/valid account co-ordinates and amount to be claimed so
that I do not transfer your fund to the wrong Bank Account.

Awaiting your quick response.

Yours truly,


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