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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: goodluck maxwell <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 13:09:29 +0100

WORLD BANK AUDITORS SITTING PRUDENTLY IN THE WEST AFRICA PRIME FINANCIAL INSTITUTION (CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, ABUJA) SECURITY TEL: +234-9-4134314 +234-9-4134313, Attn: Beneficiary, RE-APPROVED PAYMENT CLAIMS Following the urgent signal we received from bank of America/Bank of England and African development Bank concerning your payment from reserve account they have with us, be informed now that your payment will now be effected from any of our accredited paying institution. During the auditing and vetting of your files it was discovered from the records of outstanding transfer's due for payment which have been delayed by many officials and some of your agents from the source origin of your fund. In the light of the outcome of the board of director's meeting days back, be informed that your name is among the list to receive their payment/transfer which has been delayed. We wish to officially notify you that your payment is being processed and the part payment of Ten million, Eight Hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars ($10.850,000) will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.Kindly re-confirm to us if this is inline with what you have in your record and also re-confirm the information below to enable this office proceed and finalize your fund remittance without further delays and also stop further contact with all those that claims to help you as they are trying to divert your money to TECHNOLOGY GENERAL CORPORATION ACCOUNT (NEW-JERSEY) is it your sister’s company?. Please clarify and Kindly forward the below information’s to this office to enable us process your claim and effect payment to you accordingly. 1) Your full name.2) Phone, fax and mobile #.3) Company name, position and address.4) Profession, age and marital status. As soon as the above information’s are received, you will be duly communicated on the procedures/mode of payment which is in line with the agreement reached with the European Union (EU)and African union(AU).Urgently reach out through the below contact address: Yours Sincerely,DR Goodluck MaxwellDIRECTOR CREDIT CONTROL
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