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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:51:11 +0100 (MET)

Tel:2341-4811454 DATE: 20TH -11-2007


Be informed that all the fees you are surposed to pay before receiving your contract fund have been waived off. You are to contact ASS.DEPUTY GOVERNOR DR.ERNEST EBI (CBN) Tel:+234-703-28-04-748 only for your processing fee and he will transfer your contract fund to you immediately. No other charges except the processing fee. Your PASSCODE is: 999-035-2655 ( Fund Transfer confirmation same day).

You have no other payment to make except the processing fee. Your Payment will be through Electronic Telegraphic Transfer.

This is newly introduced system of payment by the Central Bank of Nigeria to avoid experiences of incessant fraud, illegal extortion of money from Contractors and to enhance transparency. WHEN YOUR FUND IS TRANSMITTED, DR.ERNEST EBI WILL INFORM YOU AND YOU APPLY THE PASSCODE AS DIRECTED AND INSTANTLY, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE CREDITED AND YOU MOVE TO YOUR BANK. You will only apply the passcode when you have paid your processing fee because for now, it is still invalid until your fund is transmitted.

You can try the guideline as instance: * With your digital phone dial our bank access code: 23414619040 followed by, then enter your Account number followed by #, at a voice prompt enter your passcode and # and you will be credited. (This will be when your fund has been transmitted) BUT TRY IT NOW.

Contact me if there is any delay from the so called gentleman incharge.
Any other contact or payment you make apart from the processing fee is at your own risk.

Be informed that so many unauthorized individuals do parade themselves as our officials and impose bogus bills on our contractors with their syndicates home and abroad. Take precautionary measure henceforth. You have been notified.

Yours faithfully,
Barrister Tom Johnson

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