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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: CHIEF OJO MADUEKWE <o.maduekwe_463@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <compensationsecobankingplc@yahoo.es>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 19:08:08 +0000
Subject: SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS FOR 2007



ECOBANK / UNITED NATIONS 2007 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS DIRECTOR.
ATTNENTION:,
SCAMMED VICTIM/$100,000 BENEFICIARIES.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654. AMOUNT $100,000 USD.

I write to bring to your notice that I am the Nigerian new foreign affairs minister and an official delegate from the United Nations To Central Bank Of Nigeria to pay 150 Nigerian 419 scam victims $100,000 USD (One Hundred Thousand Dollars) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the beneficiaries to be paid this amount as compensation.

As a result of this laudable recommendations,it is imperative to bring to your notice that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In other to redeem the good image of my country, the New President has ordered the payment of $100,000 USD each to the affected victims in pursuance with the U.N. recommendations.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the payments are to be made by THE LLOYDS TSB BANK PLC, London and ECOBANK Plc, Nigeria as the corresponding banks under the funding assistance of the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has been paid, 60% of the victims are from the United States,while about 40% are from other parts of the world. we still have more than 30% left to be paid the compensations of $100,000 USD each.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested in Lagos, Nigeria as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever as the The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as redeeming the image of my dear country.The U.S. secret service is already on trace of the criminals. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration. Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been inbankruptcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums. However, a thorough investigation have revealed that these people have dropped over 500,000 victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely, many as a result of this have committed suicide,while others are now living in abject poverty.
As regards these ongoing developmental strive, we have over 600suspects at hand, 135 in kirikiri prisons.While many are awaiting trial, we arestill in search of others,who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.
You can receive your compensations payments via any of this options you Choose, DRAFT/CHEQUE PAYMENTS or A.T.M CARD. Every other modalities will be made known to you by Alhaji Hamman Atiku of ECOBANK PLC. as soon as you contact them.Please remember to include the REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654.

Send a copy of your response with your full details to:compensations.ecobankingplc@gmail.com

Yours faithfully, CHIEF OJO MADUEKWE.NIGERIA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER.
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