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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: aka john <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:00:24 +0100

FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.SAMUEL ASABIA HOUSE, 35 MARINA LAGOSTEL: 234-80-3566-4576 Our Ref: NNPC FBl Ref: .Date:16-08-2007ATTN BENEFICARY, This letter is written to you in order to change your life from today. I AM, Barrister Aka John , the new Director, International Remittance Department of this Bank, my Boss - MR. JACOBS M. AJEKIGBE, the Managing Director/CEO of this Bank is now on compulsory leave and all power has been vested on me to make all International payments. Furthermore, due to allegations of corrupt practices against other Nigeria Banks, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the New Elected President Federal Republic of Nigeria, has appointed this Bank to effect all foreign overdue payments.Be informed that the Federal Government have approved the release of part-payment of US$5.5Million out of your total funds, which has been in this bank for many years UNCLAIMED, because my Boss - Mr. Jacobs in collaboration with the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), 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 funds every year to enrich himself without your knowledge. I want to help you pull out this fund to your bank account today using the easiest and the quickest method, which have not been made known to you. By this method, you will open a Domiciliary Account with this Bank and your fund will be paid into the newly opened account for onward transfer directly to your nominated bank account. Which is ATM CARD after the transfer; you will confirm the funds in your own bank account in just 2 hours the same day. This is done within the bank alone and it is very safe as there will be no stoppage or interception of funds from any quarters.The method which was introduced to you before is the Telegraphic Transfer (TT) for which confirmation was 48 hours, because of the time factor, petition could be received from various organization 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 and it is ATM CARD will deliver through courier Service Company of your choice as information is sent to Central Control Unit (CCU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.As a good Christian, I have nothing to gain by keeping your funds, I want to assist you receive your funds before my boss resumes office. You have to follow up and work with me now, so keep the payment very confidential because of fraudsters and imposters who go about presenting various bank accounts to receive another beneficiary’s fund. Confirm to me through the above email address: your present/valid account co-ordinates so that I do not transfer your funds to the wrong bank account. Direct line +234-80-3566-4576 secure and confidential, for your information i will advice you to contact via our official email Yours truly,Barrister Aka. John Director, Int’l Remittance Dept. (FBN)E-mail: Office Line: 234-80-3566-4576
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