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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:38:00 +0100

OCEANIC BANK PLC,MARINA LAGOS NIGERIA.INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER.LEICESTER CURRENCYCHEQUE/DRAFT DEPARTMENTTELEGRAM: FBNFOREX,Hello,I am Mr Okoro Simpson E, Director Allocation Department from the OCEANIC BANK ) Lagos Branch. my office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial institutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign claims payment.I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claims settlement.I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost account, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc.Your name was among the people expecting the funds to be transferred into their account, on this note:I wish to have a deal with you as regards to your unpaid funds,I have your file before me and hope your data's are correct and un-tampered unless you reconfirm it not correct.As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits, I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions i received two days ago from the Foreign Debts reconciliation debt to submit the list of payment reports / expenditures and audited reports of revenues.Among several others, I have decided to remit your claim sum following my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.My Conditions:1. The fund will be transfer into your account after the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonfide beneficiary,the transfer will be made by draft or elegraphic transfer T/T) confirmable in 3 working days.2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes.3.There should be no third parties as most problems associated with the fund release are caused by your agents or representative.if you Agree with my conditions, I advice you on what to do immediately and the transfer will commence without delay as i will proceed to fix your name on the payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate.I hope you don;t reject this offer and have this funds transferred.Faithfully,Mr Okoro Simpson E. - Director

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