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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 07:45:14 -0800

>From The Desk of:(Dr)Mrs.Sarah Alade
Director, Telex Wire Transfer Dept
Central Bank of Nigeria
                                          RE: OUTSTANDING CONTRACT PAYMENT.
Dear Sir,
>From the records of Outstanding Contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria. I discovered an unknown company as Next on the list of outstanding contractors who Have Not Received Their Payments.
I Wish to Inform You That the Payment Have being processed and will be Released out As Soon As possible, and Also note that from Records in My File, the Outstanding Contract Payment Is $24.7Million Dollars ( Twenty Four Million, seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars}.
To this end, you are required to indicate your intrest on this proposal. Kindly get back to me with the information below.
1} Your Full Name ---------------------------------
2} Your Phone and Fax Numbers ----------------
3} Your Address and Occupation --------
4} Your Age. ----
As Soon As this Information is received,the transaction will commence in earnest and detalis shall be addressed to you.
Yours In Service,
Dr. Mrs.Sarah Alade
Director, Telex Wire Transfer Dept
Central Bank of Nigeria.

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