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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: "CIA AGENT JOHN CURRIE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <john_currie@gmx.us>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:00:22 +0400
Subject: FROM CIA AGENT JOHN.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA AGENT John Currie).

I am CIA Agent John Currie and am here in Nigeria as an CIA delegate that has been assigned to investigate this fraudsters who are in the business of swindling innocent people of their hard earned money.Please be informed that during my investigation i got to find out that there is a huge sum of $15 million that has been assigned in your name and this fraudsters are busy swindling you without any hope of receiving your fund.

This fraudsters have being acting as FBI AGENTS, COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE, BANKS, MINISTRY OF FINANCE, COURIER SERVICE.

Please i will advise you stop any contact with them cause they are all fraudsters, is not the job of an FBI to investigate moneytory issues involving compensations or winnings of any kind. And the FBI do not contact people via email or phone calls, they only make investigation on matters.

NOTE: The only fee you were suppose to pay from the beginning is the sum of $400 meant for logistics before the transfer of your fund can commence depending on how you want the transfer made to you.

The transfer can be done in three ways;

1)Through Bank to Bank wire transfer.

2)Through ATM card to be shipped to you through the courier service.

3)As a Bank Draft/Cheque to be delivered to you also through the courier service.

Get back to me urgently with the details before for urgent transfer of your fund to you without delay.

FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER
COUNTRY:
OCCUPATION:
SEX:
AGE:

I shall expect your response as soon as you receive this email.

Best Regard,
CIA Agent John Currie


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