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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: "U.S.High Commission" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 03:20:24 +0100
Subject: New Development for your Payment

U.S. High Commission Nigeria
Embassy of the United States
of America Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Broad Street, Lagos Nigeria,
Dear Sir,
I am happy to inform you of the New Development on Ground. I wish to inform you that your Payment is now confirmed.
However to ease the Process and to Avoid any Complications in Transfer of your Funds, I have used my influence to Finalize Arrangements for the funds to be Paid to Directly by Cash to you in your country or your home address via Diplomatic Courier services as one of our Diplomatic Official who will be leaving for the ASSIGNMENT will be due for the dispatch by next week Friday,.
This is to Reduce/ Avoid Financial Regulatory Obstacles in transferring of this fund into your bank account.
As soon as he confirms his Arrival, Notification will be sent to you to get in touch with him Personally and clear the Funds Consignment from your country Airport.
Please do Note that you are to do all you can, to clear the Consignment from him as quick as possible when he Arrives within 5 working days.
Meanwhile do confirm to us,if this New Development is OK by you.
Regards Yours faithfully
Thank you.
Robin Renee Sanders
US High Commission, Nigeria

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