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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: "Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:57:10 +0100

Internal Audit, Monitoring, Consulting And Investigations  Division
From: Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius
Dear: Sir/Madam.
This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from London, after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia,
Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British
Government for the rate of scam/fraud activities going on in these two nations.
I have met with President Dr. Good Luck Jonathan,President Federal Republic of Nigeria By The Law Makers. Who claimed that he has been trying his
best to make sure you receive your fund in your account. Right now, as directed by our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, We are working in
collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to Ensure That Your Approved Fund Legal Papers Is
Secured and authorize the Government of Nigeria to effect the payment of your compensation Approved Fund Valid $10. M direct to your Account or We
load it into ATM Card and deliver it to you.
Approved by both the British government and the UN into your account without any delay. All you need to do is to furnish us a scan copy of your
Identification (ID) and your direct cell phone to enable us cross check your information we have in our file here with us at the same time advice
you on what to do to receive your fund. Sincerely, you are a lucky a person. This is because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and
British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr. Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you
and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
I have a very limited time to stay here in Nigeria therefore; I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how
best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours. For oral discussion, call me on this number which I just acquired in Nigeria
today: +234-818-144-0453 or you call my personal assistant herein Nigeria with his direct line +234-802-487-8052 his name is Mr.Wilson Peter.
Sincerely yours.
Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius.
United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Internal Oversight.

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