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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: "NIGERIA Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 19:44:57 -0600

NIGERIA Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission
Direct Tel: +234 819 1111 408.

Attn: Beneficiary,


I am Dr Hannatu Raji, Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission in Nigeria. As you are aware, corruption has been the bane of human and infrastructure development in Africa. I need not to educate you on how much of the nation's wealth has been stolen and stashed overseas by many of our leaders through their foreign partner in the form ghosts workers.

We have arrested so many criminals and corrupt people here that are cheating people; we have even arrested so many banks officials too.

Be inform that your fund will be release to you through our accredited bank but before we proceed, based on our findings in this investigation there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mr. John Wheeler, who is presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and he is your next of kin, he even explained that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund totaling $10.5MillionUSD before your untimely death, so here comes the big question.

Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (JOHN WHEELER)? Thereby making him the current beneficiary with his following account details: MR JOHN WHEELER, AC/NUMBER: 6503809428. ROUTING/122006743, B/NAME: CITI BANK, ADDRESS: NEW YORK,USA, we shall proceed to sign the final authorization letter to the bank in favor of Mr. John Wheeler just immediately we get the final release order from the presidency, if we do not hear from you within the next two working days from today.

The only thing we need from you now, is your full co-operation because as for here now MR. JOHN WHEELER make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund on your behalf, so we want to know if you are the person that sent MR. JOHN to claim your fund on your behalf.

Although we have been able to come up with some good result about the people that have extorted money from you illegally, and we wish to list them so that you will personally indicate them by writing back to us with the name of who scammed you among them as we want to make sure your payment is routed to you without any further delay. Note that we will surely deal and bring to book the people using the names of government officials below. If only you will cooperate with us by co-indicating correctly any of them.

The Scammers using below government officials names have been arrested, please indicate who among them that has defrauded you:

1) Prof. Charles soludo
2) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Dr. R. Rasheed
4) Barrister Awele Ugorji
5) Rev. Nicholas Smith
6) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
7) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
8) Dr. Patrick Aziza (Deputy Governor - Policy/Board Member)
9) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance / Board Member
10) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia
Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Members
11) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
12) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
13) Barr Jacob Onyema
14) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.
15) Mr John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.

The above listed names are been traced/investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission in Nigeria and some of them have eloped the country, and note that if any of them is caught and found guilty he/she we go to jailed for 25 years (Twenty Five Years) as it is under the Degree 47 of the Constitution of this bank under the section 101(b)of criminal law.

So we are waiting for you to write us back and inform us if any of the above names or any other one claiming to have your FUND from NIGERIA have Extorted money from you; or once contacted you so that we can start taking the necessary procedural steps prior to bringing them to book and having your fund re-approve to your name.

In case, the name of the Hoodlum that scammed you is not listed above, we will advise that you forward to us his/her name and his contact so that we can trace them and as well bring them to book.

We apologies on behalf of the President and the people of Nigeria for any delay and lost this must have coursed you in any way and promise that such thing will not occur again in the future. More importantly, if you are currently dealing with any one of them regarding your fund, we urge you to forward their contact to us for investigation to know if he is a good person and not a cheater.

We also advice that you send your contact details as stated below for further process.


For better service and support from this office, you are hereby advice to call this number as soon as this email and its content are well understood. (Direct Tel: +234 819 1111 408)


Barr. Hannatu Raji
AS Legal (ICPC)
Chairman' office
Tel: +234 819 1111 408.

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