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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: "fundsinvestgationd72" <fundsinvestgationd72@terra.com.mx>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 18:10:04 -0600
Subject: FUNDS INVESTIGASTION DEPARTMENT


NIGERIAN INVESTIGASTION DEPARTMENT
ANTI-FRAUD UNIT
4TH FLOOR MARY LAND
LAGOS NIGERIA
MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH.

FROM THE DESK OF: MR MARTINS OKOH.
DEPUTY: DR DONALD SMITH

RE: BE CAREFUL OF HOODLUMS
Sir/Ma,
Based on the finding in this investigastion department we
wish to warn you against some touts.

We have been informed that some touts are contating you in
respect to the collection of your fund in the total sum of
$35 Million U.S.A Dollars that was long approved in your
favour through the AFICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK OF NIGERIA.
As a matter of fact we have been on this investigation
assignments for some time codely known to no one but the
Presidency and some top government official who are in
support of this investigation team to help stop fraudalent
activities in this country.
Although we have been able to come up with some good result
about the people that have extorted money from you illegally
and i wish to list them so that you will personally indicate
them by writting back because we want to make your payment
to you without any delay but we must surely deal and bring
this names to book if only you will indicate correctly any
of them.

The names of the Touts that have been arrested are as follows
1)PROF CHARLES SOLODO
2)CHIEF JOSEPH SANUSI
3)DR. R.RASHEED
4)BARRISTER AWELE
6)BARRISTER UCHEUZO WILLIAMS.
7)Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Ebi Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
8)Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance /
Board Member
9)Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia
Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Member
The above listed names are been traced/investigated by the
police and some of them have elope the country and note that
if any of them is caught and find guilty he/she we go to
jailed for 25 years(twenty five years) as it is under the
Degree 47 of the constituition of this bank under section of criminal law.

So we are waiting for you to write us and inform us if any
of the above names have once contacted you in respect to the
your fund if yes dont waste time to indicate it immediately.
Note that the only office/paying bank that have right to pay
or contact you in this Transfer is the AFICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
OF NIGERIA which is been headed by the Bank Governor. You
must deal directly with them and do what so ever you are
asked to do because that is the only way you will achive
the success of the transaction.

We applogise on behalf of the President and the people of
Nigeria for any dealy and lost this most have coursed you
and promise that such thing will not happen again.And if you
are dealing with any one of them regarding this payment we
urge you to stop because you are taking a big risk and you
never find your money any where because your money is with
the above named bank.

Finally, we are expecting to hear from you today
Thanks for your good understanding while we await your
urgent response to this mail.
PLEASE CONTACT ME ON MY PRIVET MAIL BOX: fundsinvestgationdepartment20@hotmail.com or
fundsinvestgationdepartment24@yahoo.com.ar


Yours truely,
MR MARTINS OKOH (Chairman Investigation Department)
DR. DONALD SMITH(Deputy Chairman Investigation department).

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