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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: Compensation Funds <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2009 02:06:05 +0000


Att: Sir/ Madam,

This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United Nations to Central bank of Nigeria to pay 700 Nigerian 419 scam victims $1 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $1 Million compensations funds.

On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, in other to retain the good image of the country, the president of the country is now paying 700 victims of this operators $1 Million USD each, Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria, the payments are to be paid by Zenith Bank of Nigeria as corresponding paying bank under fondling assistance by the National Westminster bank London.

According to the number of applicants at hand, 80 beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still have more 620 left to be paid the compensations of $1 Million each.

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever, the US secret service is already on trace of the criminal.

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You can receive your compensations payments via ATM CARD, Through FedEx Delivery Service, I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.

1.Full name:.............................
2.Direct telephone number:....................
4.Your personal identification to enable us confirm you are not dead.
Send a copy of your response to official email:

Email :

Tel: 234 80 33 819 703.

Yours faithfully,

Reverend Alfred Ike.
Minister For Information.

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