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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: National Security Adviser <>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 05:29:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: National Security Adviser to the President

                                                    THE PRESIDENCY OFFICE
                                                 Aso Rock Villa, Asokoro District, Abuja
                                     Direct Confidential Telephone: +234 8059390985
                                       Email :(

                Strictly follow these security instructions and disregard any replica of this letter without the actual security code.

                              Clinical Diplomatic Package Immunity Risk Free Delivery Payment.

I Am Lt.General Fidelis Dukur. National Security Adviser to the New President Alhaji Umar Musa Yara Dua Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am happy

to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it seating in Abuja, just released your name among contractors/inheritors to

benefit from the Diplomatic risk free Immunity Payment.

 This Panel was primarily delegated to investigate Manipulated contract and inheritance claims, contracts and over-invoiced payment as the

negative effects has eaten deep into The Economy of our dear country. Disregard any replica of this message without the presidential

allocation code as stated above.

However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract / inheritance profile is still reflecting in our central Computer ionic presidential

system as an unpaid contract / inheritance during auditing excise.

Your payment 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, the Federal Government of Nigeria has stopped further payment through bank to bank transfer, payment by draft or ATM except on

some special instructions, due to foreign beneficiary numerous petitions to United Nations, FBI, CIA and international police against Nigeria on

wrong payment and diversion of foreign funds to different accounts.

In this regards, we are going to release your foreign part payment of 6.7 Million USD through an accredited security clinical shipping company, I

will secure every needed documents to cover the money from all illegal odds. Note: The funds are coming on 2 security proof boxes, wrap with

a security foil.

The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. Please you don't have to worry for anything, as the transaction is

100% risk free. The boxes are coming with Diplomatic agents who will accompany the boxes to your house address. 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 and your mobile phone and telephone

number, The Diplomatic Attach will trave with it. He will call you immediately he arrive 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 Photographic Film Materials

for security reasons. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing okay.

Call me on my direct phone (+234 8059390985) OR
Email: (

 I will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. Also, I will secure all the approved clearances for smooth delivery which will

make it scale through every security and customs checking points all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and

reconfirm your interest by sending the requirements to me immediately you receive this message. Please I need urgent reply because the boxes

are schedule to leave as soon as we hear from you. Call me immediately.

1) Your Full Name*****************************
2) Phone & Fax Number: **************************
3) Address Where You Would Like To Receive Your Fund: ***********************
4) Your Age & Current Occupation: **************************************
5) A Copy of Your Identity: ****************************


Best Regards,

Lt General Fidelis Dukur,
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Telephone +234 8059390985

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