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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Alice Hood" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:41:24 -0700
Subject: From Alice Hood, very urgent

Central Bank of Nigeria
Monetary Fund
Tinibu Square, Lagos Island, Lagos-Nigeria

Our Ref.: PRE/CAC/CBN/0XX/08

From: The desk of Ms. Alice Hood

Attn: My dear friend beneficiary,

First, I will like to introduce myself to you. I am Ms. Alice Hood, Pay
Master, Central Bank of Nigeria. I write in respect of the matter on ground.
At about 17:45 hours on Monday dated 11th of July 2008, the chief security
officer (CSO) of CBN approached me, stating that thirty six boxes containing
US$22Million each (Twenty Two Million United States Dollars each) is at his
office, deposited as unclaimed fund and have be confiscated, and it has been
mapped out to pay foreign contractors from the bank and next of kin funds,
This fund is in a security proof box well padded with synthetic nylon. They
have serial numbers (14 and 6) hidden under it.

I have been on this position for the past twelve years now but I have
nothing to show for it, this is the reason why the Dr. Maxwell makes up his
mind to use this as an opportunity to bring a better life to you and our
family because soon we will retire by the authority and no other means of
survival, this is our last hope to succeed in life. The CSO have asked me to
look for a reliable Foreign Contractor who I think that is not going to
cheat or eat the money alone so that the two boxes he has already taken to a
diplomatic delivery Company for sending. For your information, this is what
we indicated to the Courier Company as the real content of the two boxes are
family treasures, such as GOLD and JEWRIES; this is for the security purpose
for the fund because the company don't deliver cash. With this signal, I
guess it wise to contact you, I got your contact from your file in (CBN)
also in our office as a paymaster of Central Bank monetary fund and I have
worked with other banks, I now find out that you have never receive any part
of your payment even a cent about your contract fund and such as next of kin
money transfer, NNPC funds that you worked with governmental bodies, of
which I saw three contractors in the file, I went to my pastor to seek
advice that I got this three contactors and I want to do business with one
and I want an honest person out of the three contractors, he should decide
for me, and he helped me to pray over it and he indicated I should do the
business with you that is why I contacted you. Since you have never receive
nothing from your contract payment by Nigeria Government that is the reason
why we use this opportunity to help you and bring life in our families. If I

I want you to know that I have made every necessary arrangement on how the
two boxes containing US$22Million each approximately US$44Million will get
to you in person, what I need is your permission to carry on, due to the
shipping payment has been arranged and insurance, right now the consignment
is deposited in a safe deposit company and when I hear from you I would ask
them to proceed immediately. If you are willing to do this business, reply
urgently to help me give you the lay down procedure on how you are going to
receive the boxes through a Courier Shipping Company and other secret code
behead the sending. I advise you to get in touch with me through email for
the confirmation on the receipt of this letter with your current telephone
and delivering address.

For sharing modalities 30% for you while 70% is for Dr. Maxwell and me. For
your information, already we have paid for the shipment all I need from you
is a promising note of 30% percent of the total sum will get to you after
the boxes deliver to you in person. The reasons why I made this contact to
you is because we can not do this business with my friends who knows me
because out of greediness they might expose this transaction to the
authority, these are the reason why we both seek for foreign partner whereby
you have not receive your contract payment after all you have suffered by
spending a lot of money without receiving a cent from them.

Please I will advise you to get back to me through my email for safety
reason but if you want to reply by fax, send every copy to +44 870 285 9207
because it is not wise to receive any fax copy regarding to this deal with
our office fax line to keep the secret of this business but with this my
correspondence in London fax number, I will be able to receive your message
here if you are replying by fax and beside, I will not like any body in my
office here to understand what is going on until the transaction is over.

Thanking for your assistance to help my family grow. Please any fax should
go to the correspondence fax number to avoid the authority putting me in
jail because if they find out, is a very bring problem to me.

Waiting your immediate response.


Mrs. Alice Hood Dr. Wilson

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