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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: Kenny Moore <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 08:43:38 -0700 (PDT)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- Auditor General of the Federation Office of the Financial Auditors International Credit Settlement Dept Plot 119, Shehu Musa Yaradua Road Abuja-Nigeria. Direct phone +234-8026365532 ATTN: Sir/Madam, This is to officially inform you of the recent verification exercise by the above office and the discovery of a delayed payment file valued at Twenty Seven Million United States Dollars (US$27,000.000.00) only in your name . Further verification reveals that your was contineously delayed due to the activities of some unscrupulous and over-zealous well positioned Government Officials that handled your payment in the past. The Present Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given express approval and directive to urgently ensure that the Twenty Seven Million United State Dollars $27,000,000.00) is paid from the Two Billion Dollars collected from fraudsters with the help of the Economic Financial Crime Commissions.(EFCC) These include cash and frozen assess to compensate!
those who victims of fraud by some impostors/fraudsters in Nigeria and other parts of the world. For effective delivery of this payment and avoidance of unwarranted cumbersome administrative bottlenecks that climax international funds transfer in the past, we have aligned with the Barclay's Bank Plc, London and/or the Off-shores Payment Center in Canada for immediate efficient funds delivery to expectant beneficiaries like you. This is the latest instruction by the President, ALHAJI UMAR YAR'ADUA (GCFR) Federal Republic Nigeria. And British Prime New Minister Gordon Brown in conjunction with US government. Please confirm if you will like to receive the fund(US$27.000,000.00) by sending us the below information and how you wish to receive your fund (1) Your Full Name and Address (2) Direct Phone/Fax number (3) Your Age and Nationality (4) Occupation For your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) in respect of Transferri!
ng your fund, this is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (445) so you have to indicate this code when contacting us. Please reply to this email and call me on +234-8026365532 Regards, BAR. Kenny Moore Office of the Financial Auditor International Credit Settlement Dept Nigeria

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