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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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Fraud email example:

From: "FBI" <>
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 14:25:07 -0400 (EDT)

Anti-terrorist and monetary crimes division
FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal bureau of investigation
J. Edgar Hoover building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Ref: FBI/DC/25/09

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,

This is an official advice from the FBI foreign remittance/telegraphic
dept. it has come to our notice that bank of Nigeria has released
10,500,000.00 U.S dollars into bank of America in your name as the
beneficiary, by Inheritance means. The bank of Nigeria knowing fully well
that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment from the
united kingdom to youraccount, used what we know as a “secret diplomatic
transit payment” (S.T.D.P) to pay this fund through wire transfer, they
used this means to complete the payment.

They are still waiting for confirmation from you on the already
transferred funds, which were made in direct transfer so that they can do
final crediting to your account. Secret diplomatic payments are not made
unless the funds are related to terrorist activities why must your payment
be made in secret transfer, if your transaction is legitimate, if you are
not a terrorist, then why did you not receive the money directly into your
account? This is a pure coded means of payment which we have had in the
past has always been related to terrorist acts, we do not want you to get
into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your account, so it is our
duty as a world wide commission to correct this little problem before this
fund will be credited into your personal account.

Due to the increased difficulty and unnecessary scrutiny by the Uk/Usa
authorities when funds come from outside of America, and the Middle East,
the F.B.I crime commission has stopped the transfer on its way to deliver
payment of $10,500,000.00 through a secured diplomatic transit account
(S.D.T.A). We govern and oversee funds Transfer for the World Bank and the
rest of the world. We advice you contact us immediately, as the funds have
been stopped and are being held in our custody until you can be able to
provide us with a diplomatic immunity seal of transfer (dist) within 3
days from the world local bank that authorize the transfer to certify that
the funds that you are about to receive from Nigeria are terrorist/drug
free else we shall have cause to cross and impound the payment, however,
we shall release the funds immediately we receive this legal documents .


We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper
verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person
to receive this fund, because of the amount involved, we want to make sure
that the legitimacy of the fund you are about to receive is not in doubt
whatsoever. Note!! the fund is in the Bank of America right now, but we
have ask them not to credit the fund to you yet, because we need a solid
proof and verifications from you before releasing the funds, to this
regards, you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to
receive is clean and legitimate by sending to us FBI Identification Record
and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to certify that the
fund is not for terrorism/money laundering. You are to forward the
documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you dont
have it let us know so that we can direct your where to get it This
Documents are to be issued to you from the World Local Bank that
Authorized the transfer, so get back to us immediately if you dont have
the document so that we will inform you the particular place to obtain the
document because we have come to realize that the fund was Authorized by
the bank that initialized the transfer Identification Record and
Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) often referred to as a Criminal
History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken
from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with
arrests and, in some instances, federal employment,naturalization, or
military service. These conditions is Valid until 28th of May 2010 after
we shall take actions on canceling the payment and then charge you for
illegally moving funds out of Nigeria.

Guarantee: funds will be released on confirmation of the document.


Final instruction:
60 Credit payment instruction: irrevocable credit guarantee
61 Beneficiary has full power when validation is cleared
62 Beneficiaries bank in Usa/outside can only release funds-
62 Upon confirmation from the world bank/united nations.
64 Bearers must clear bank protocol and validation request


NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most
complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public
safety welfare and security of Society while recognizing the importance of
individual privacy rights. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we
will charge you and take our proper action against you for not proofing to
us the legitimacy of the fund you are about to receive.

The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and
regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a
copy of his or her own Record for review. The FBI Criminal Justice
Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests to check
illegal activities in U.S and outside. An individual may request a copy of
his or her own FBI Identification record for personal review or to
challenge information on the Record. Other reasons, individual may request
a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include international
adoption or to satisfy a requirement to live or work in a foreign country
or receive funds from another country (i.e.,Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of
Transfer, letter of good conduct, criminal history background,etc.)

FBI Director
Robert S. Mueller, III

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