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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: "denisharrison" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:48:54 +0100
Subject: Re: Urgent attention needed.



This is to inform you that the Presidency has stepped into the payment of
your contract /inheritance fund. The instruction to this Board to authorized
payment was given by the President himself Alhirji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
following intelligence report on contract payment he received which revealed
that the
lower offices and department including some departments of Central Bank of
(CBN) are engaging in the practice of payment delays through unnecessary use
bureaucratic office processes and imposition of unauthorized fees.

This apart has been allegations that some officials of NNPC and CBN
deliberately divert funds approved with the name of a beneficiary to
accounts that were not given by the
known contractor after the due processing and approval of such payment.To
avoid and
curtail such, official misconduct and deliberate delay of foreign
contractors¢ payment
under one flimsy reason or the other, the President of the Country therefore
this office to raise contractors¢ payment and ensure that such payments are
received by the contractor within a short period of five (5) days from the
day of notice. Based on the information contained in your contract files and
records submitted to us from NNPC, CBN,
and FMF your name was in the list of Category A contractors whose payments
been verified and approved with the records indicating that your payment has
long been
over due.

The directive from the President based on all these findings is that this
office should make immediately uninterrupted payment of your contract fund
direct from the Federal Treasury. Other offices including CBN earlier
handling your payment has been advised to hand over to this office to avoid
duplication of efforts, though such offices hesitate to let you know of this
new development.

In respect of this, this office held a meeting with the representatives of
concerned government bodies during which your contract file and other
information of your payment were submitted. After going through your file a
lot of official irregularities, impending stop orders and complexities
surrounding the payment were discovered. This office and the concerned
bodies unanimously decided and approved that your contract payment will be
raised in Certified International Bank Draft. The draft will be raised
either in your name or in the name of your Company as the beneficiary. As
soon as the draft is raised and signed off by you, you will be required to
present the draft at your bank for confirmation and crediting of fund into
your account. This will take 3-5 days of depositing of draft in your bank.

Finally,I will advise you to call me or send me a fax in regards to this, so
that I will intimate you more in regards to your contract payment. Reconfirm
your details to me so that I can verify that you are the genuine beneficiary
of the sum. Further details concerning your payment will be given to you
once you contact the under signed on . This panel hereby uses this medium to
congratulate you and heart fully thank you for your patience and
understanding during all this years of delays on your contract fund.

Best regards,
Mr. Denis Harrison <>

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