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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:

Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:24:11 -0400 (EDT)

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIAAso Rock villa, Asokoro District, AbujaDirect Security Line 234-7031223507.CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY PAYMENTSIR/MADAM,I am General James Morgan (Rtd), National Security Adviser toPresident UMARU YAR'ADUA Federal.I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it?s seating in Abuja just released your name amongst contractors tobenefit from the plomatic Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily delegated tonvestigate manipulated contract claims, contracts and over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our dear country.However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract profile isstill reflecting in our central computer as unpaid contractor while auditing was going on. Your contract file was forwarded to my office by the auditors as unclaimed fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time being Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through
bank to bank transfer due to contractors numerous petitions to United Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to different account.In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of10Million USD. To you via our accredited shipping company and I have secured every needed documents to cover the money. Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine.Please you don't have to worry for anything, as the transaction is 100%risk free. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address.All you need to do now is to send to me your full house address andyour identity such as, international passport or drivers license and your mobile phone and telephone number, The Diplomatic Attaché will travel with it. He will call you immediately he arrives your country's airport. I hope you understand me.Please kindly get back to me
today also with the requested informationsso that we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible.1)Your full name.2)Phone, fax and mobile #.3)company name, position and address.4)profession, age and marital status.5)Copy of int'l passport,drivers linsense,or any valid ID card.Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes.What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive PhotographicFilm Materials for security reasons. I did not declare money to them please.If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok.Call me on my directphone234-7031223507 or email and I will let youknow how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate which will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately you receive this message.Please i need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to
live assoon as we hear from you. Call me immediately.Congratulations.Best Regards,DATE 21,Aug 2007.General James Morgan (Rtd).National Security Adviser to the PresidentFederal Republic of Nigeria

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