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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: "FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <ministerfinanace@yahoo.cn>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 18:02:58 +0800
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT IS READY

FROM THE DESK OF COMPENSATION PAYMENT
OFFICE OF THE FINANCE MINISTER
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT DEPT
NO 12 EDIDI LANE ABUJA

PRIVATE E-MAIL:ministerfinanace@yahoo.cn
APPROVED BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT
OUR REF: FGN /SNT/STB


http://www.fmf.gov.ng/FMF_HMF_Profile.aspx


YOUR $3,000 000 00 COMPENSATION PAYMENT TO YOU



THIS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT AFTER THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING HELD IN
ABUJA WITH THE PRESIDENT.DR GOODLUCK JONATHAN(GCFR)AND THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED NATIONS TODAY,
AFTER THE MEETING, BOTH PRESIDENT AGREED TO COMPENSATION VICTIMS OF INTERNET SCAMME.
THIS EMAIL IS TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SCAMMED IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD,
THE UNITED NATIONS HAVE AGREED TO COMPENSATE THEM WITH THE SUM US$3,000.000.

ALSO THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT IS USING THIS MEANS TO COMPENSATION
ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AMERICA,
AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR FUNDS IN EITHER UNFINISHED TRANSACTION OR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES,
THAT FAILED DUE TO GOVERNMENT PROBLEMS,OR FRAUD BY SOME IMPOSTORS/FRAUDSTERS IN NIGERIA,
GHANA, LONDON AND OTHER PART OF AFRICAN COUNTRY'S.

WE FOUND YOUR NAME IN OUR LIST AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE CONTACTING YOU, The federal Bureau of investigation and Interpol enhanced by the United Nations have confirmed that the payment is rightfully belongs to you and it is no threat to National Security.

I DR. OLUSENGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA, THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE
AND THE MANAGER OF THE PAYMENT CENTER IN AFRICA,I HAVE BEEN
MANDATED BY MR PRESIDENT TO ISSUE OUT $3.000,000.00 USD TO YOU AS YOUR COMPENSATION PAYMENT.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, YOUR ADVICE TO COMMUNICATION ONLY
WITH THIS OFFICE TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT.
KINDLY GET BACK TO ME WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION'S
BELOW SO I CAN START ARRANGEMENT ON HOW TO GET YOUR $3000 000 00 TO YOU

1 YOUR FULL NAME:

2.ADDRESS;
3 PHONE: NUMBER AND CURRENT OCCUPATION,
4 AGE:

NOTE: THE COMMITTEE HAS SET UP TWO WAYS FOR YOU TO HAVE
YOUR FUND, SO YOUR ADVICE TO MAKE YOUR CHOICE AND GET BACK
TO US

1. BANK TO BANK TRANSFER

2. PAYMENTS VIA ATM CARD

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS website(www.ups.com) to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully and whose payment is on the way.


Tuscan Bend=================== J229 058 6517
Diana Gissel==================J229 058 6526
TRACI MURPHY==========J2032729887
CHRIS RODDY=========J2032729921
LEVI RING=========J203272955 6
BOB MILES========J203272984 1
THOMAS DYAL=========J2129159266
FRANCISCO VARGAS=======J2129159220
JEFFREY ALLEN BRADLEY=========1Z54AR672210095463
PETER PEREZ============= 1Z 54A R67 22 1009 5525
BARBARA BORIS==============J229 021 8003
GARY METZGER ==============1Z2X59394195952759
GLEN PAPANIKAS ==============1Z2X59394198690947
CAROL R BUCZYNSKI ==============1Z2X59394197862530
KARIMA EMELIA TAYLOR ==============1Z2X59394198591527

NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR
CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (1414) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE
THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING US.

THIS MESSAGE IS SUPPORTED BY UNITED NATION AND THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT

CONGRATULATIONS

DR. OLUSENGUN OLUWATOYIN AGANGA
THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND
THE MANAGER PAYMENT COMMITTEE
PRIVATE E-MAIL:ministerfinanace@yahoo.cn
PHONE +2347083291923

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