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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: "DAVID UBAH" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:03:08 +0200

Value Attention

I resumed duty recently as policy harmonization chairman on public debt
committee set up by West African Monitoring Institution (WAMI) under the
able presidency . My office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks
and financial institutions here in Africa that is to tell you
that I am committed to upholding and defending the constitution and
laws of West African Monitoring Institution as well as achieving a higher
evel of public safety and security through the prosecution of criminals in
the state.

The purpose of the committee among other is to investigate, verify and
settle all outstanding total pending payment owned and Records before
me have revealed that your payment has not been effected as a result of
official negligence as your fund has been identified either as ghost
file, unclaimed deposits, and over-invoiced sum etc; this is due to many
abnormalities had happened in the institutions where some top official of
the apex Banks are interested in your payment and they collaborate with
impostors who are carrying a fake portfolios with levies misled and
misguided about the position of your fund and having the opportunity to
extort money from you that made it too longer up till date that explains why
you receive different kinds of untrue emails and phone call from different
people everyday.

so, be inform that we have concluded all the necessary arrangement
towards the release of your payment but due to the prevailing situation
worldwide on cash movement and transfer of hug sum of money, your payment
has since being deposited with our (OFF-SHORE PAYMENT CENTRE) AFFILIATED TO
information we received from our paying office today, as the
truthfully beneficiary of this payment. you are responsible to pay $145
for your NON IMMIGRANT TRANSIT TAX as the authorities demand which we
described as selective payment to enable the programming of the information
in the micro chip compartment which will comply with bank of America to
effect the transfer of your fund exactly on the particular date or period
(24 hours) specified in the transfer script text for the fund to be made
available to you any way you wish to receive it.

YourFull Name......
Your Address.........
Your Contact Telephone......
Fill this information and contact us back through this email below

Contact Person.....Dr John Louis
Contact EMAIL.

so that we can advice you on how to send the money across to enable us
finalise this transfer this week.Your payment shall be made as soon as this
information needed from you is submitted through our paying
office by wire transfer or by a certify bank bond America Express Cheques
all the transfer charges will be deducted from your total sum as long as you
send the $145 for the programming of the information .the consequences of
not adhering to this warning would be yours.Considering the circumstances at
hand, you are advice not to accept any E-mail telephone calls that does not
come from this office in regards to your payment this is to forestall new
efforttowards a diversion of your payment.

Accept our congratulations in advance.

Best regards,
Barrister David Walter Ubah

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