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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: "David Lee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 04:36:01 +0100
Subject: Awaiting your response.

Dear Beneficiary,

I hope that this correspondence is received with the urgency and expediency required.

It has come to the notice of the Board of Trustees at the Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN} that your present
inheritance claims application being handled by the Remmitting Bank in Nigeria is experiencing some man
made irregularities.To this effect,it has become neccesary for the Board of Trustees to invite trained Fund
Transfer Specalists from the David Lee & Associates a foreign company and owner of Apple Gate Security & Finance
Bank to resolve and regularize your fund release with immediate effect.

We at David Lee & Associates have been duly consulted by the Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN} Board of
Trustees and have been fully informed about how the staff of the remmitting bank have been taking
advantage of you by telling you to pay unneccesarily exhorbitant charges which will only make your fund p
ayment a long drawn out process.

Due to this we have decided to step into the process of your fund transfer to enable your funds to be
transfered within the soonest possible time you are to get back to us immediatly without needing to pay
all the huge sums of monies that are being demanded from you by the remmitting bank.

All proccesses to have your funds paid to you immediately through the Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN} Laison
Remmittance Office that is Apple Gate Security & Finance Bank have been initiated to cut out unneccesary
costs.You are advised to keep this communication highly confidential as the Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}
Board of Trustees have asked us to resolve this fund payment independent of the office of the Central Bank
of Nigeria {CBN} Gorvernor to identify the the principal participants in this unethical payment procedure.

Furthermore,you are hereby advised to pay attention to Apple Gate Security/finance Bank in Nigeria only as
they are the only foreign bank operating here in Nigeria and Authorise in handling your payment process by the Government
and Minister of Finance.

We hereby advise you to reply us with the information below:

For re-confirmation to my confidential email address at {} so that we may conclude your payment


Note:Please be informed that as you respond to this mail your co-operation is needed to let us serve you well,I can be

reached on my direct phone no below:+234-807-403-7682.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr.David Lee
David Lee & Associates c/o CBN.
Direct Phone:+234-807-403-7682

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