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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: "tunde lemo" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 09:23:49 -0700

Tel: 234-:805 074 5340



After waiting to hear from your partners for a long time, I decided to make
this direct approach to you in other not to let it be as if I have anything
in mind against you. I do not know if you have asked yourself why each time
the release of this fund is approved, all of a sudden,the payment will be
delayed/stopped or one problem or the other will come up. If you have not
asked this question or you do not know, this is an opportunity for me to
tell you.

Some time ago, your Nigeria friends, I mean the people that introduced you
to the project approached me through my dear wife who works with the Federal
Ministry of Finance and requested me to assist them conclude a money
transfer deal they had with you, they requested me to assist them by
removing the original contractors name, company's name and bank particulars
from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Vetting and replacing them with your
name and your bank details in order to make you appear as the rightful
beneficiary of this fund. I agreed on conditions that they would pay me
US$300,000 as soon as your name appears as the beneficiary. I did as agreed
and demanded to be paid but your greedy friends started telling me stories
and avoiding me. They even told me that you promised to send money to me,
do you know that up till this moment, I have not receive a single cent from
them and have not set my eyes on any of them.

Based on their attitude, I decided to stop the funds release movementbecause
I cannot be denied of my right in my own office considering the risk as it
might affect my job. Secondly, I know the source of the funds that you did
not execute any contract in Nigeria, although I am the only person
privileged to know this information and it is a fact. Why I am making this
clear to you is that I can see that you are still making efforts in order to
conclude this project. Now I am ready to forget the past provided you
co-operate with me. I do not need the US$300,000 any longer from you but a
good compensation from your mind when you have the fund in your account. I
need your assurance that your colleagues will be totally kept out of this
transaction. I know that none of them is aware of my new approach to you,
therefore, stop spending your money unnecessarily to CBN officers both here
and overseas because you will not receive this money without my hand in it.
I personally did the work at the beginning and on.

Finally, I need your promise that no official of the Central Bank of Nigeria
will be aware of my involvement in this regard because of my position. Now
re-assure that you will be willing to compensate me. That you will assist
my wife to establish a foreign account in your country where my compensation
will be logged. Also a KTT FUND RELEASE APPROVALS DOCUMENTS will be sent to
you for endorsement after which I will remit the money within 48 hours.
Look, I am man of my word, if you are ready to conclude this business with
me, kindly contact me on my direct phone: 234 805 074 5340,so that we can
have a chat over this issue via my direct telephone above, if the reverse is
the case, do not bother yourself to reach me and forget about the fund.

Deputy Governor

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