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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: "Mr.Jami Chuck."<>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:29:53 +0100
Subject: ..............ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your payment file  which Eight Million Six Hundred and Forty Thousand United States Dollars  US$8 640 000 00 only.
We also found out that you have not receive any payment since the British Government has set aside Eight Hundred Million  United State Dollars US$800 000 000.00 only from the One Billion Dollars  collected from fraudsters with the help of the Economic Financial Crime  Commissions both in London and  Nigeria These include cash and frozen assess to ompensate those who have been  attempted or victims of fraud by some posters/fraudsters in Nigeria London and other part of the country.
Hence we have decided to bring a solution to  your problem by arranging your payment through an CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT OR BY ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR FOUND.
This is the latest instruction by the President Umaru Yar-Adua GCFR  Federal Republic of Nigeria and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in conjuction with US government. Please confirm if you will like to receive  the fund US$8 640 000 00 sending us the below
1. Names in full: -------------
2. Address:, -----------------
3. Nationality: ---------------
4. Age: --------------------
5. Occupation: ------------
6. Phone/Fax: ----------------
7. Present Country: -----------
8. Contract amount: ------------
9.Copy of int'l passport,drivers linsense,or any valid ID card.
For your information you have to stop any further communication with any  other person s or office s in respect of transferring your fund this is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment. You are advised to  contact the below office of the Financial Auditor International Credit Settlement Dept.
LAGOS NIGERIA with the above information as soon as you  receive this important message for more direction on this.
Contact Person: MR ISA AHMED
Contact email :
Contact Tell:   234-8038023357
Therefore  we have paid to them their delivery charges & insurance coverage fee,  but the  only fee left  to be paid  now  is their security safe keeping fee of $150  dollars only and i  would have paid that but they said no because they don't know  when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
I will advise you to contact International Credit Settlement Dept and ask them how to make the payment
Note that because of impostors we hereby issued you our code of conduct which is 445 so you have to indicate this code when contacting this office .
Mr. Jami Chuck.

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