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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: "UPDATE 2009" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 00:05:04 -0700



Dear fund beneficiary,

How are you? I hope you are fine. Well, I believe by the time you will be through with this email you will understand and surely place your mind at rest as you are going to start a new life in no distance time.

Most families have lost lives, homes and there great wealth due to the high rate of fraud and scams that has been all over the Nation and the world in general, but since the setup of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practice Commission for the purpose,these crimes has been reduced and we are fighting heavily to put this to an end.

Right now, [USD900 Million] Nine Hundred Million us Dollars has been recovered from these fraudsters through our Intelligence network, and most suspects are still in on our custody for proper investigations and trials. Your name has been found in our list of those that hasbeen defrauded through some of these media, Account/Western union money transfer and others. The western union money transfer that has been sent so far to some countries like London, Ghana,Togo,Spain,South Africa and United States etc are being received here in our country bythese scammers in the name of having transaction that you don’t know about.You have approved to receive the sum of $850,000.00 USD as your compensation payment for being a defrauded victim.

An instruction has been giving that on no account should any money be paid to an individual through any means without a proper investigation. We have our agents in the bank all round the World with proper security to checkmate these scammers and any bank that goes contrary to our instruction will stand the risk of losing its certificate of accreditation.If this is true about you, do not border much because it is time for you to regain what you have lost .This wonderful compensation program was introduced by the new President Alhaji Musa Yar'radua.

In view of this,we have been informed that you are still dealing with those hood-lumps in all your attempts to secure the release of your fund. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act has to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. Do be informed that we reserve the right at our discretion to sue you for damage on recognition of further contact with this people.

You have been approved US$850,000 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) as a compensation fund to compensate you for being defrauded by the fraudsters.Therefore you are required to contact the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission Office herein Nigeria for proper evaluation into your file. Do be informed that your file security code is EFCC/NG/850/ABJ09.You are to quote these file number for proper identification when contacting their office.

Contact the Head Independent Corrupt Practice Commission Office here in Nigeria for the transfer of your fund to you:

All you need to do is to contact the head of verification department with this information below for further clarification and screening after which part of this money will be sent to you through ATM VISA CARD or means which will be convenience for you as stated clearly above.

Name: Mrs.Faridah Waziri.
Direct line: +234-704-112-8116

To fight corruption to a standstill and restore Nigeria to the
enviable standard of respectability and dignity within the comity of

Best Regard,
Mrs. Grace Anderson,
****Mrs. Faridah Waziri
(Chairman, Economic And Financial Crime Commission)
Emmanuel Ayoola
(Chairman,Independent Corrupt Practice Commission,ICPC.)

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. You are to call: +234-704-112-8116 for verifications.

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