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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: "Mrs Elizabeth Igwe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:07:45 -1200

From the desk of Mrs Elizabeth Igwe
Head Of The Financial Inspection Team
Attn The Beneficiary.
Be informed that the Federal Government have Approved the release of a certain amount to you which have been under the Government treasury  for many years UNCLAIMED.It was realized that some top desperate bank officers that handlings this transaction with you refuse to tell you the truth on how this sum can be release to you without have a kind of liability to any financial monitoring agency,this is because they has been using the interest accumulated from your fund every year to enrich themselves without your knowledge while also using the opportunity to demand for unreasonable non-refundable charges from you which is against the law under the Economic and Financial Crime Commissions.
However I want to help you PULL OUT the sum using my personal influence and make proper arrangement for quick method which have not been known to you before if i may say.The essence of this special arrangement under the fund delivery system  is to secure and protect your claim  from not  being diverted  by any Financial Services Authority in your country who monitor large transfer due to current trend of terrorist also to avoid demanding for non-official charges from you that has no records.
All you need to do now is to send to me:
1.your full house address and Your contact phone numbers
As soon as i have these two important information from you,I will conclude finally with the delivery agent for the direct delivery to your country and give you adequate information regarding to that effect.This arrangement is been made for a purpose and it will do you more good if you can work toward my directives so they will be no mistake during the delivery process.
However,the delivery personal who will be conveying the package sum to your destination does not know the original contents of the it.What will be  declaring to him as the contents is personal fragile effect to be handle with care which i will dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable you access the consignments as soon as it is delivered to you.
Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements information immediately you receive this message.Please bear in mind that time is of very great essence, so you have to make your responses in good time, preferably immediately you receive this email.
Best Regards,
Mrs Elizabeth Igwe
Head of the financial Inspection Team.

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