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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: "George Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 22:38:50 -0700
Subject: Dear sir/Madam

UK National Central Bureau of Interpol
Fraud Compensation Committee
Headquarters, 37 Wood Street
London EC2P 2NQ
Tel: +447011164219
Dear sir/Madam
We recently arrested a group of West African / Ghana, Benin and Nigerian/ United Arab Emirates Internet scam Artists in
London and we have reasons to believe you have been one of their numerous victims. A thorugh search of the computers arrested
with the individuals and their confessions during interrogation has revealed to us that you paid certain sums of money to
these fraudsters via Western Union and or bank transfer.
These individuals have been wrongfully informing alot of people via email on the internet that they have huge sums of money
to be transferred from a foreign bank account. Also, they have confessed to loan scams,money transfer and the Lottery scam
and have been demanding money from innocent people for purported claims of the said money. They operated with a fake Bank and
courier and alot of people have fallen victims to them in the past 3 years.
They were arrested 6 months ago and few was also arrest last week when they attempted to defraud an American citizen of $1.2m
USD by the FBI/ British Intelligence Unit / UK National Central Bureau of Interpol and the Interpol working together to break
the scam ring.Our Investigation revealed that you paid out some money to these individuals over a period of time. We are
happy to inform you that you can now claim back your money as well as your compensation.
We have already initiated proceedings on your behalf with the West African / Governments and menberstates / United Arab
Emirates law enforcement agency to ensure that as a genuine scam victim, you will not only recover your lost money but also
you will be compensated for the financial and emotional stress you and your family went through because of the scam.
Our Internal Audit Bureau has estimated that you are eligible to claim a total of $5.5000.00 USD from the Fraud Compensation
Committee set up by the West African / Nigerian / United Arab Emirates Government to ensure that properly identified scam
victims are paid and adequately compensated from the $3bn allocated compensation loan from the World Bank and also your total
inheritance will also be paid to you once you reconfirm your details of information of your payment to any of the government
ministries /individuals.
This Fund is directly under the watchful eye of both the FBI/Interpol to avoid misappropriation or embezzlement of fund. The
known assets of the Fraudsters has since be confiscated and their Bank Accounts frozen. At the conclusion of our
investigations, their assets will be used to pay back for the cost of compensation to their victims to the Fraud Compensation
Please contact the Officer below to ensure that your details areconfirmed as being eligible to receive your compensation as
soon aspossible.
You are advice to reconfirm your details of information for payment to this office within 72 banking hours,in response to any
delay in communication this office will vist you for propoper investigation on this payment, every of your details of
information is with us and we advice you to reconfirm the followings.
1.Your Full Name:.............. ,
2.Your Telephone/Fax and Mobiltelephone Number:............,
3.Your Age:...............,
4.You’re Sex:............ ,
5.You’re Occupations:.............,
6.Your Country and City:................,
7 Your bank details ..............................
8 Your pages of international passport copies name and address
All compensation request are attended to strictly on a first-come first-serve basis.
George Smith

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