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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: "Sani Ibrahim" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <sanibrah@live.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 21:32:32 -0700
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT IS RELEASE DEVELOPMENT )

FROM :SANI IBRAHIM
FINANCE & OPERATION
FOREIGN CONTRACT PAYMENT UNIT
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
 
 
QUARTER PAYMENT PROGRAM
 
We are pleased to inform you that despite all problems associated with the release of your long over due payment the Government of Nigeria (Presidency) has today deemed it necessary to grant you an irrevocable approval for the release of your funds.And have without delay issued out your payment authorization/references to this office  for immediate actions.
 
 
RE:FILE NO: CBN/CBX910/055/XX
ALLOCATION NO: FGN/FACT/0071462/085
PAYMENT CODE: CXLXFGN/3348/W11/2009
SEQUENCE NO: PPP /3348/09
 
You are to confirm this account details  below before we effect the transfer because we shall not be held liable for any wrong payment.
 
Bank: BANCO ESTADO DE CHILE
ACCOUNT: 5472860
SWIFT CODE: BECHCLRM
ALAMEDA195, SANTIAGO , CHILE
MR. JOHN TSAI
 
 
 
You are urgently required to contact this office and confirm the above references the information below:
 
 
Your full name
Your residential address
Your direct telephone number 
Your occupation
Your Identification (international passport or valid driver's license)
Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Phone:
Fax:
Acct Name:
Acct Number:
Swift code:
ROUTING NO:
 
 
While we apologize for the delay and what it must have caused your Company and its Vendors, we equally thank you for working with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
Call me on my direct telephone number as thus +234-7029744854  for further clarification.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Sani Ibrahim 
 
 
 

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