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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: "favourudeh3@terra.es" <favourudeh3@terra.es>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 13:19:09 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: YOUR PART PAYMENT



CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
FACT FINDING AND SPECIAL DUTIES
TUNUIBU SQUARE, LAGOS-NIGERIA
TELEPHONE: 234-802-458-9662

SIR/Madam,

MY NAME IS MR.FAVOUR UDEH, I AM A DIRECTOR OF FACT FINDINGS AND SPECIAL DUTIES,I AM NEWLY APPOINTED TO HEAD THE DEPARTMENT IN THE APEX BANK (CBN). AND I AM A CHRISTIAN IN NIGERIA.INPURSUIT,I AND TWO STAFFS OF MY DEPARTMENT FOUND OUT SOME IRREGULARITIES GOING ON, YOUR PAYMENT WITH CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA(CBN),WE FOUND OUT THAT YOU HAD MET ALL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO EFFECT TRANSFER INTO YOUR ACCOUNT WITH YOUR BANK .BUT I AM NOT HAPPY THE WAYS PEOPLE HAS BEEN EXTORTING MONEY FROM YOU ON PRETEXT TO HELP YOU RECEIVE YOUR MILLION DOLLARS WITH THE CBN.

I WILL ADVISE YOU FROM THIS MOMENT TO DESIST FROM COMMUNICATING WITH THESE UNSCRUPLOUS ELEMENTS THAT PARADED THEMSELVES TO BE GOOD INNOCENT PEOPLE,I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU DID NOT DESIST FROM THIS BAD ELEMENTS THAT YOU WILL CONTIUNE PAYING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO THEM AND WITH THEIR ENDLESS STORIES,REQUESTING ONE CERTIFICATE TO ANOTHER.I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT SINCE LAST YEARS THIS THEIR FRAUDULENT CHARACTER HAD STARTED AND NON OF THEM CAN PAY YOU THE SUPPOSED MONEY. NOTE THAT ALL THE MONEY YOU HAD PAID TO THEM WERE USED FOR THEIR INTEREST/BENEFITS,I REITERATED THAT YOU SHOULD STOP ANY FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE WITH THIS UNBELIEVERS.

IT IS A PITY THAT THIS PEOPLE HAD EXTORTED MUCH MONEY FROM YOU BUT I HAD PERSONALLY INTRODUCED A DEVICE THAT CAN BE POSSIBLY USE TO PAY YOU ALL THIS MONEY WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DOCUMENTATIONS,BUT IT MUST BE KEEP SECRET BECAUSE I WANT TO USE THE METHOD THE FOREIGN CURRENCIES DO CAME INTO THE COUNTRY,IT WILL BE ARRANGED THROUGH DIPLOMATIC PREFERENCE CARRIAGE SHCHEME.I WILL FIRST DESPATCH TWO BOXES THAT WILL CONTAINED $10M AND OF $100 BILLS TO YOUR PRIVATE ADDRESS AND AFTER RECEIPT OF THE BOXES AND YOU CONFIRM THE CONTENTS FROM YOUR BANKERS.

I WILL SEND TO YOU ANOTHER BATCH BUT I WILL ADVISE THAT YOU WILL NOT LET ANY BODY TO KNOW ABOUT THIS METHOD TO AVOID PEOPLE EYESBROW.I HAD ARRANGED WITH THE COURIER COMPANY,THE COMPANY AGREED TO DESPATCH THE BOXES BUT I DID NOT TELL THEM THE ORIGINAL CONTENTS BECAUSE THE COURIER COMPANY,S DO NOT CARRY PHYSICAL CASH FOR DESPATCH,WHAT I WILL DECLARE TO THEM AS THE CONTENTS OF THE BOXES IS SENSITIVE FILMS AND FILM MATERIALS ,SO THAT THE COMPANY WILL NOT REQUEST FOR PHYSICAL INSPECTIONS BECAUSE THE FILMS DOES NOT REQUIRE SUNRAYS OR CONTACT WITH AIR.

I WILL FINALLY CONCLUDE WITH THE COURIER COMPANY WHEN I RECEIVE YOUR GO AHEAD ORDER ,KINDLY STOP ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION WITH THESE PEOPLE AND DO NOT PAY ANY MORE MONEY TO THEM OR TO THOSE CALLED THEMSELVES BANK OFFICIALS.

I WILL FURNISH YOU WITH MORE INFORMATIONS AS SOON AS I RECEIVED YOUR GO AHEAD ORDER,THAT YOU WILL COMPENSATE ME AND MY COLLEAGES WITH THE SUM OF US$500,000,00.

AWAITING YOUR URGENT REPLY

BEST REGARDS
MR.FAVOUR UDEH









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