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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: "DIR. FBI. Robert S. Mueller III" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:08:28 +0100
Subject: FBI:Attn read carefully and contact immediately

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
J.Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C.
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
For more information call during working period
Telephone number: 2033330996

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have
thoroughly Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network
System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Impostors claiming to be
Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr
Frank Nweke, Dr. Philip Mogan, none officials of Zenith Banks, United Bank of
Africa(UBA)Barr. Derrick Smith, kelvin Young of HSBC, Ibrahim Sule,Larry
Johnson,Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen, Dr. Philip Mogan, Paul Adim,Mrs. Farida
Waziri,EFCC NIGERIA they are Puppy Scammers impostors claiming to be the ones in
charge of your payment. During our Investigation,we noticed that the reason why
you have not received your payment,is because you have not fulfilled your
Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance
Payment and that you have been dealing with the wrong prople.

Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and
they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in
total (USD$ to be delivered to you in cash through a diplomatic
means with the help of an FBI agent.

You now have the lawful right to claim your fund. Since the Federal Bureau of
Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for
this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the people of the world. All
you need to do is to contact the PAYMENT CENTER via email for their requirements
to proceed for the delivery of your funds, and it will cost you US$150 which is
for the APPROVAL SLIP only and note that without this payment your fund cannot
be delivered to your doorstep.

After your payment has been confirmed your funds will be shipped and accompanied
by an FBI AGENT and you will recieve your tracking number via email which you
can use to track you package and know when it will get to you.

Please note that your fund will be accompanied by an FBI agent who will make
sure it gets to your doorstep without any problem.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track them on the FedEx website
to confirm, some benificiaries like you who have received their ATM card

Name : Donny Peterson: FedEx Tracking Number: 870456747216
Name : Angela L. Johnson: FedEx Tracking Number: 870456750392


NAME: Mr. Jim Brown
TEL: +234 7060646140

Do contact Mr. Jim Brown with your correct details, to avoid mistake during


So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment information
which you will use in making payment of $150 via (WESTERN UNION TRANSFER) or
(MONEY GRAM TRANSFER) for the procurement of the APPROVAL SLIP after which the
delivery of your FUNDS will be effected to your designated home address without
any further delay.

Please if you know you cannot be able to afford the US$150 for the shipment of
your fund, then do not bother to contact Mr. Jim Brown for your funs.

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to
be in possession of your fund, you are hereby advise only to be in contact with
Mr. Jim Brown, who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your fund
and forward any emails you get from impostors to him so we could act upon and
commence investigation.

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