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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: "m ahmed" <m.ahmed@klikni.cz>
Reply-To: profmusa003@sify.com
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 14:13:05 +0100
Subject: SCAMMED VICTIM/ URGENT RESPONDS FOR YOUR $10MILLION COMPENSATION)


SCAMMED VICTIM/ URGENT RESPONDS FOR YOUR $10MILLION COMPENSATION)
REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 $10MILLION USD
This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United
Nations to Central bank of Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims
$10 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one
of the scammed victims,get back to as soon as possible for the
immediate payments of your $10Million compensations funds.
On this faithfully recommendations,I want you to know that during the
last UN 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 retain the good image of the country,the president
of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators $10Million USD
each,Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria,the
payments are to be paid by Central bank of Nigeria as corresponding paying
bank undefunding assistance by the BARCLAYS BANK IN LONDON
According to the number of applicants at hand,80 beneficiaries has
been paid ,half of the victims are from the United States,we still have
more 20 left to be paid the compensations of $10 Million 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,the US secret service is already on trace
of the criminal.
You can receive your compensations payments via any of the both
options you choose, DRAFT PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFERS,I shall feed you
with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.(Please in your
return mail, include your telephone no)
When we have received your responds, we will kindly give you the
contact office of the Central Bank Apex, where you are going to Send
a copy of your request to enable them start processing your payment
immediately.
You are advice to response through this e-mail to this private email box
below; profmusa003@sify.com
Yours faithfully,
PROF:MUSA AHMED

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