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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: "Major General G Duba." <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 07:24:49 -0500


Attn: Sir/Ma,

I am Major General G Duba, the special Adviser to the President Federal
Republic of Nigeria on financial/contract matters, am delighted to inform
you that the contract panel, which just concluded it's seating in Abuja just
released your name amongst contractors to benefit from the Diplomatic
Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily delegated to
investigate manipulated contract claims contracts and over-invoiced payment
as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our dear country.
However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract profile is still
reflecting in our central computer as unpaid contractor while auditing was
going on. Your contract file was forwarded to my office by the auditors as
unclaimed fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time
being Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through
bank to bank transfer due to contractors numerous petitions to United
Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to
different account.

In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of $10
Million USD. to you via courier service and I have secured every needed
documents to cover the money. Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof
boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with
machine. This fund was brought to us from America, It was meant for our
Local AFEM market.

But since the money was not used, i will use my position as the National
Security Adviser to the President to send this fund to you. Please you don't
have to worry for any thing, as the transaction is 100% risk free. The boxes
are coming with a Diplomatic agent who willaccompany the boxes to your house
All you need to do now is to send to me your full house address and your
identity such as,
international passport or drivers license including your contact phone
Diplomatic attachés will travel with it. He will call you immediately he
arrives your country's airport. I hope you understand me.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes.
What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film
Material. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and ask
you the contents please tell them the same thing. Please email me today 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.
This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world
without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements
to me immediately you receive this message.

Please i need urgent reply because the boxes are scheduled to leave as soon as
we hear from you.

Best Regard

Major General G Duba.

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