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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: "Rev.Chima" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 03:03:48 -0500 (EST)

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIATREASURY DEPT OF C.B.NTINUBU SQUARE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS-NIGERIAATTN: HONORABLE CONTRACTORSequel to the secretive arrangement in regards of the Shipment of your contract sum, part payment of Fifteen Million United States Dollars (US$15,000,000.00), I wish to inform you that all necessary modalities have been automatically concluded and have left C.B.N office to the Courier Services today by Express Cargo Flight. Note carefully the content of the crate is "MONEY" but I did not disclose it to the Courier Services as Money, rather I informed them that the crate contain Vital "DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS" belonging to my client (That's you). Furthermore, the weight of the consignment is 36kg On No account should you disclose the content of the Crate with the Courier Services for fear of Betrayal so do not allow them to know that the Content is money. In the meantime, contact the Courier Services as soon as you receive this E-mail via their email address:
globalmaxdiplomaticouser@surfy.netFor you to know the actual situation with the consignment and also give Them your address where the consignment will be Delivered and then get back to me as soon as possible So that I can give you the key code number of the consignment and also the vital document that will prove you rightful owner of this consignment as soon as they arrive. Congratulations and remain blessed.Best Regards,Rev.Chima BekoC. B .N TREASURY DIRECTOR

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