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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: "SENATOR DAVID MARK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <david___mark@live.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 02:44:40 -0700
Subject: FINALL PAYMENT FOR THE YAER 2011 VERY URGENT

OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL MINISTER OF FINANCE
REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.Date:21/4 / 2011 Our
Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/12/10IMMEDIATE CONTRACT
PAYMENT /NO: MAV/NNBC/FGN/MIN/2011FINAL


ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY,

FROM THE RECORDS OF OUTSTANDING CONTRACTORS/INHERITANCE FUNDS DUE FOR PAYMENT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, YOUR NAME WAS DISCOVERED AS NEXT ON THE LIST OF THE OUTSTANDING CONTRACTORS/BENEFICIARIES WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENTS DUE TO WRONG INFORMATION AND MISCONDUCT FROM THE PEOPLE HANDLE YOUR PAYMENT FILE AND WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE COMPLETE INFORMATION FOR YOUR PAYMENT.

I WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT IS PROCESSED AND WILL BE RELEASED TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL. ALSO NOTE THAT FROM THE RECORD IN MY FILE YOUR OUTSTANDING FUNDS PAYMENT IS US$7.5M, (SEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) WILL BE TO BE RELEASE TO YOU.

PLEASE RE-CONFIRM TO US WITH ALL THESE REQUIRED DETAILS BELLOW IMMEDIATE AND TO ENABLE US EFFECT THE PAYMENT OF YOUR FUND.

1. YOUR FULL NAME.
2. PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE
3. ADDRESS.
4. AGE
5. OCCUPATION
6. COPY OF IDENTITY.
7.FULL INFORMATION OF YOUR BANK DETAILS

AS SOON AS THESE INFORMATION’S ARE RECEIVED, YOUR PAYMENT WILL BE MADE TO YOU IN A FULLY CERTIFIED FROM THIS PAYMENT OFFICE. WAITING FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPOND.

KINDLY REGARDS.
SENATOR. DAVID MARK
TELL: +2347061301248
OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL
MINISTER OF FINANCE
Federal Republic of Nigeria


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