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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: BB NABASU <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 23:11:44 +0000

Accountant General Of The Federation,


This is to inform you that the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with African Union have decided to favour you after a series of meeting held by our president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua with the American President, which he directed the Nigeria president to ensure that our Government compensate all the foreigners who have been duped or scammed by the fricans imposter s and hoodlums.Meanwhile, during our investigation we discovered that you are among the people who fell a victims of imposters and hoodlums, by some people that claim what they are not in other to dupe you, and for your own Notice, On ‘NO’ account you will pass to those scammers this information, because as soon as we have pay you this Compensation, we will make sure that we get them all Arrested, to avoid others from falling into they trap again, and for this invent I was directed to inform you by the Federal Government of Nigeria that you have been compensated with the sum of USD$3,000,000.00 (THREE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLARS) which has been approved in your name as the beneficiary to pay you through Bank To Bank Wire Transfer Into Any Of Your Choice Bank Account.Therefore, you are advised to contact the personal adviser to the president on financial matters Dr. Anthony Ikwunne on his Direct, you should contact him with your personal data for reconfirmation if you are ready to receive your compensatio amount of USD$3,000,000.00 (THREE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLARS).

The information is thus: -

(I) Your full name:
(2) Phone/fax:
(3) Company name, position and address:
(4) Profession/age:

With this above-mentioned information will officially enable us to carry out our verification processes and after that your compensation Funds will be electronically wired into your designated Bank account. NOTE: The Nigerian Government will decline any other complains of scam should you fall victim again after this compensations is paid and transferred to you. So be warned!!!Your immediate compliance to this will expedite actions on your Payment because here in this office, we have a lot of listed victims to be settled.Furthermore, you are advised to co-operate with him to ensure you did not have any delay in receiving your fund as directed by the Federal Government o f Nigeria and remember to ignore every communication from any group or individual regarding your fund because the scammers and imposters are all over the whole world looking for whom to devour.Finally, the President Him self, have introduce this New Method of indicating scams mails or calls, just in case you receive any other mails or call from those scammers again without this CODE: (845) that means is a scam letter from those scammers,just forward it to this office, or ask the Person What is the Mail or Calling CODE? If the person is able to give you this Code: 845, that means is from our office, and you have to comply with the person.Your co-operation and understanding will be very much appreciated by this office.

Yours faithfully,
B.B. Nabasu.
Chief Accountant General of Federation Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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