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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: "Metropolitan Police Service,UK" <scotlandyard@met.police.uk>
Reply-To: <federalministryoffinance_nigeria@ciudad.com.ar>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:59:16 -0700
Subject: Your Compensation Payment

Metropolitan Police Service,UK
New Scotland Yard,
Broadway, London,
SW1H 0BG
Tel: +44 701 116 3787
Fax: +44 700 594 7504

Dear Sir/Madam,

Compliments of the day,

We hereby inform you that the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime fighter leaders have come together to stop scam/internet fraud in Nigeria and all round Africa. We have recoved over US$2.6 Billion Dollars from the people we have behind bars.

Our duties is to make sure we stop internet scam and money laundering. As for today we have put a lot of fraudsters in jail. we go all over Africa to pick this thieves/internet rats. We have over 8,273 of them in our jails round africa and we are still looking for more. We are aware that a lot of foreigners out there have been deceived and lost their hard earn money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out Africa including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day, they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end.


Please, watch the video links below as some of these fraud-stars were arrested here in Nigeria:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISMgGdaGOJM


It was agreed that to retain the good image of Nigeria and the rest of Africa countries, all the victims who lost his/her hard earn money to these faceless thieves will be compensated with just US$25,000.00 (Twenty five thousands United Stated Dollars only). This we assume will help you to start a new life. Please, you have to accept the money like that because the people (victims) in our pay list are too much. We are paying back from the money we recovered from these fraudsters.

The Honorable Minister of Finance in Nigeria (DR. OLUSEGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA) is the paying officer.

To that effect, we are sending you this e-mail because your contact details were given to us as one of the victims. Since the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have stepped into this matter, be rest assured that you are safe as it is our duty to protect and serve the citizens of United Kingdom and United States of America in particular and the rest of the world in general.

TO FILE FOR YOUR CLAIM, PLEASE, FILL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AS STATED BELOW AND SEND IT TO HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE IN NIGERIA (DR. OLUSEGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA) IMMEDIATELY:

1.YOUR FULL NAME
2. YOUR AGE
3. GENDER:
4. HOUSE OR OFFICE ADDRESS (P.O BOX NOT ACCEPTABLE),
5. OCCUPATION
6. YOUR PHONE NUMBER(S)
7. COUNTRY:

NAME: DR. OLUSEGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA
TEL: +234 812 386 5616
E-mail: federalministryoffinance_nigeria@ciudad.com.ar

Immediately you send the above required information to DR. OLUSEGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA, he will proceed with the Processing/Releasing of your payment to you within 2-3 working days based on our agreement.

Your Compensation fund, Proof of Fund Ownership Certificate, Affidavit of Claim from Nigeria Government and Money Laundering Clearance Certificate will be send to you via Courier Company.

We are aware that these fraudstars has broken alot of home(s), made alot of people to lose their job, sell their properties, closed their business, put many on the street, and made a lot to even lose their life. we are very sorry.

IMPORTANT: UNDER PENALTY OF LAW, THE INFORMATION YOU SUBMITTED TO DR. OLUSEGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA CURRECTLY IDENTIFY YOU AS THE RECIPIENT OF THIS PAYMENT; NO OTHER LIVING PERSON OR ENTITY IS ENTITLED TO ANY PART OF THIS PAYMENT; IT IS A VIOLATION OF LAW FOR ANY PERSON TO INTENTIONALLY OR KNOWINGLY FILLING FOR DOUBLE CLAIMING OR AID ANOTHER PERSON IN CLAIMING THE SAME FUND, BY MEANS OF FRAUD OR DECEIT. BE WARNED.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andrew Mills
Chief of Police,

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