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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: "Mrs. Farida Waziri" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrs.wazir234@dailycarnage.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 02:00:57 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary!!! Dont Be A Victim

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION
112 AVENUES, SURE ROAD,
LAGOS/NIGERIA.

EMAIL:mrs.wazir234@dailycarnage.com

Good day,

My Name is Mrs. Farida Waziri the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairperson in Nigeria.

I understand you are expecting your delayed fund to be transferred to you, but some top government officials and bank partners will not tell you the truth about the whereabouts of your fund and all they are doing is to tell you to pay outrageous fees which you refused to come up with.

I have to let you know the truth because I know you have gone far in trying to get this fund and must have paid some amounts of monies to persons you are not supposed to give out a dime to. I will be ready to help you get your fund if you abide to my instructions to enable me help in delivering your fund as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission principal officer. I strongly know that they will never tell you the truth because they are all thieving criminals.

I have decided with my veto power that you must receive one third of your principle fund which is US$5.5m (Five million five hundred united states dollars) to ascertain really whom I am.

You are advice to email me back via my private mailbox at:mrs.wazir234@dailycarnage.com

I expect your prompt response through my private.

Regards,
Mrs Farida Waziri.

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