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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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Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:22:33 +0100

*[image: The National Flag of Nigeria] *

* [image: The Arms of the Government of Nigeria]
The National Flag of Nigeria]*
*Aso Rock villa, Asokoro District, **Abuja*
* *
* *
*I am Ltc PHILIP ADIKE (Rtd), National Security Adviser to President UMARU
YAR'ADUA .I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just
concluded it?s seating in Abuja just released your name amongest contractors
to benefit from the Diplomatic Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily
delegated to investigate manipulated contract claims,contracts and
over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our
dear country. *
*However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract/Inheritance
profile is still reflecting in our central computer as unpaid contractor
while auditing was going on. *
*Your contract file was forwarded to my office by the auditors as unclaimed
fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time being
Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through bank to
bank transfer, due to contractors numerous petitions to United Nationsagainst
Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to different
account. *
*In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of
10Million USD. To you via our accredited shipping company and I have secured
every needed documents to cover the money. *
*Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed
with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. Please you don't have to
worry for
anything, as the transaction is 100% risk free. The boxes are coming with a
Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address. *
*All you need to do now is to send to me your full house address and your
dentity such as, international passport or drivers license and your mobile
phone and telephone number, The Diplomatic Attaché will travel with it.He
will call you immediately he arrives your country's airport. I hope you
understand me. *
*Please kindly get back to me today also with the requested informations so
that we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible. *
*1)Your full name. *
*2)Phone, fax and mobile #. *
*3)company name, position and address. *
*4)profession, age and marital status. *
*5)Copy of int'l passport,drivers linsense,or any valid ID card. *
*Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes. What l
declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Materials
for security reasons. I did not declare money to them please. If they call
you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing me
at and I will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. *
*You will only secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance *
*certificate which will make it pass every custom check-point all over the
world without hitch. *
*Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me
immediately you receive this message. Please i need urgent reply because the
boxes are schedule to live as soon as we hear from you. *
*Congratulations. *
*Best Regards, *
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria*


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