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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.Michael Howells" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:40:49 +0200
Subject: Good News

FROM THE DESK OF Mr.Michael Howells
Director International Telex Department
Central Bank Of Nigeria C .B .N
ATTN: Sir /Madam
I am Mr.Michael Howells  the Director International Telex Department C .B .N. I decided to contact you because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the intense nature of polity in Nigeria.This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash diplomatic Delivery method , this system will be easier for you and for us too.
We are going to send your contract part payment of US$9.5Million to you via Diplomatic courier service. I have secured every needed documents to cover the money. Note: The Money is coming in two {2} security proof boxes, the boxes are sealed with Synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. I will use my position as The Director international Telex Department c.b.n to release this fund to You. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the Boxes to your house address.
All you need to do now is  to send to me the following data :
1. Your full  name and house address
2. Your identity such as, international passport
or driver's license
3. Your contact phone numbers.
4.Your occupation
The Diplomatic attached will travel with this required information for the delivery of your fund. He will call you immediately he arrives Your country's airport. I hope you understand me. I will let you know when these consignments will be lifted, and Note: The diplomatic does not know the original contents of the boxes. What is declared to them  is Sensitive Photographic Film Materials. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and Ask you the contents please tell them the same thing OK.
Contact me immediately and I will let you know how far I have gone with The arrangement.I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment, which I will dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable you access these consignments as soon as it delivered to you.
This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitches. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me Immediately you receive this message.Please I need your urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to airlift as soon as we hear from you.
Best Regards,
Mr.Michael Howells
The Director International Telex Department
Central Bank of Nigeria.
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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