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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: "larryada87" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 09:17:38 +0100
Subject: From The Desk of Mr. Fred Ana,

From The Desk of Mr. Fred Ana,
General Manager, Cbn Lasco Finance,

security & Sec. Services. <>


am Mr. Fred Ana, General manager to the CBN Finance,security & Sec. Services
. this note was
taken in my office where i was serving verification documents to some White
men Mr Albert Evans
and Mr john Steve who stormed in my office in company of Mr. Paul Mousa (on
white African attire).

The black man (Mr. Paul Mousa) claimed to be your representative and the
Engineer that supervised and Lasco security, company & Sec. Services (OUR
COMPANY) because of
their inability to have paid at the agreed time.

They said that you were dead and
before your death, you appointed them as the next of kin to your contract
fund presently under our
custody now, these two white men and the black gentleman quickly applied
that your Inherited fund
should be presented to them at the spot.

The Official responsible for the presentation
of consignment quickly granted approvals to their application and packaged
the fund for them to go
with it, When the Lasco security, company & Sec. Services Debit Note was
submitted to my desk
for final Approvals before forwarding it to them for endorsement, I noticed
that there are
discrepancies as there was no evidence of authorization letter from you for
the change of

I urgently summoned The Official responsible for the presentation of the
consignment and directed him to stop the movement of the funds and at the
same time placed a stop
order instruction on the funds pending when your views and comments are
received with regards to
this matter.

Please study the attached photograph and respond to me urgently for your
comments which will be highly appreciated, but we will not hesitate to
continue the payment
transmission to them if no response comes from you.
Contact me on this
<>immediately as your silence will be
a clear indication that you authorized
them to effect the above changes.

Mr. fred Ana,
General Manager,

Lasco Finance And Security Company

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