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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: "Debt Disbursement Center" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:09:18 +0100

Annex IV, National State House, Race Course, Lagos.
Tel: 011 234-8057600747
Our Ref: FDDC/X001/10
This is to inform you that the Presidency has stepped into the payment of your contract / inheritance fund. The instruction to this Board to authorized your payment was given by the President himself Googluck Jonathan, following intelligence report on contract payment he received which revealed that the lower offices and department including some departments of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are engaging in the practice of payment delays through unnecessary use of bureaucratic office processes and imposition of unauthorized fees.
This apart has been allegations that some officials of NNPC and CBN deliberately divert funds approved with the name of a beneficiary to accounts that were not given by the known contractor after the due processing and approval of such payment.To avoid and curtail such, official misconduct and deliberate delay of foreign contractor’s payment under one flimsy reason or the other, the President of the Country therefore mandated this office to raise beneficiary’s payment and ensure that such payments are received by the Beneficiary within a short period of five (5) days from the day of notice. Based on the information contained in your contract files and records submitted to us from NNPC, CBN, and FMF your name was in the list of Category “A” contractors whose payments have been verified and approved with the records indicating that your payment has long been over due. The directive from the President based on all these findings is that this office should make immediately uninter
In respect of this, this office held a meeting with the representatives of concerned government bodies during which your contract file and other information of your payment were submitted. After going through your file a lot of official irregularities, impending stop orders and complexities surrounding the payment were discovered. This office and the concerned bodies unanimously decided and approved that your contract payment will be raised in Certified International Bank Draft. The draft will be raised either in your name or in the name of your Company as the beneficiary. As soon as the draft is raised and signed off by you, you will be required to present the draft at your bank for confirmation and crediting of fund into your account. This will take 3-5 days of depositing of draft in your bank. Finally, any beneficiary who wants his payment via swift telegraphic transfer should apply officially to this board, as soon as the application is approved the transfer will be made t
Further details concerning your payment will be given to you once you contact the under signed on TEL: 011 234-8057600747. This panel hereby uses this medium to congratulate you and heart fully thank you for your patience and understanding during all this years of delays on your contract fund.
Best regards,
Alexender Chinemeze.
Director General, Foreign Debt Disbursement Center
Tel: 011 234-8057600747

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