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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: "ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION" <zczczccac@ldsliving.com>
Reply-To: info_efccoffice22@yahoo.co.jp
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:08:48 +0200
Subject: FROM MR. DON ANTHONY (ASSISTANCE)/ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION


* * *FROM MR. DON ANTHONY (ASSISTANCE*)
*ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION*
* NIGERIA INVESTIGATION BUREAU*
* TEL:+234-806 874 8239.
14A AWOLOWO LANE, IKOYI*
* LAGOS NIGERIA.*
*Motto: No Body is Above the LAW*
**
*
ATTN: BENEFICIARY.

( BE CAREFUL OF THE HUDLOOMS / SCAMMERS)

I, am Mr. Don Anthony (Assistance) Economic And Financial Crime Commission,
a committee set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the able
President Yar\'Adua.The purpose of the committee among other is to
investigate,verify and settle all outstanding debts owned to foreign
contractors whose payment is overdue.

Consequently, we received a directive from the office of the president,
ordering the above office to settle all genuine contractors whose debts has
been outstanding for a long time now.and for those that shown sufficient
proof regarding the release of their fund,And we wish to inform you that in
our record here, you have fulfilled such conditions as the rightful
beneficiary of the said US$11,000,000.00.

But the reasons why your own Transfer has to be delayed is because, there is
presently a counter claims on your funds by one MR.JOHN WHEELER, who is
presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained
that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your
fund, So here comes the big question. Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in
favor of (JOHN WHEELER). thereby making him the current beneficiary with his
following account details: MR JOHN WHEELER, AC/NUMBER: 6503809428.
ROUTING/122006743, B/NAME:CITI BANK, ADDRESS:NEW YORK,USA.


Please if you did not sign, nor authorize MR.JOHN WHEELER to receive your
payment on your behalf, kindly reconfirm to us, for your urgent release the
Premium immediately, Please Reconfirm your genuine ADDRESS (information) !
your ban k information were you want this payment to be transfered including
your phone number for verification Or call us, to avoid making payment to a
wrong person, attempt to divert your payment to a new account without your
knowledge.

This office is glad to inform you that your payment shall be made as soon as
we receive your feedback of claim/release today.We are sorry to inform you
that the Federal Government had made it clear to all foreign contractors
whose payment is overdue to be paid immediately hence all the modality
relating to the release of your contract fund had been completed today. You
are advised to stop any further communication with any department Or any
Government parastatal. This is to forestall new effort towards a diversion
of your payment.

We applogise on behalf of the President and the good citizens of this
country Nigeria for any delay and lost this most have coursed you and
promise that such thing will not happen again.And if you are dealing with
any of the hudloom regarding this payment Or any transfer from this country,
Please we urge you to STOP, because your funds in the total sum
US$11,000,000.00(Eleven Million United States
Eleven Million United States Dollars) AND all expencess which you must have
lost, was recently approved by the Presidency and here with this
Investigation Bureau (EFCC)here in Nigeria to be settled.


We wait your concern and action of claim to this regards.


Best Regards


Mr. Don Anthony (Assistance)

TEL:+234-806 874 8239.
Economic And Financial Crime Commission
*

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