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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: "Rev. John Paul"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 03:11:35 +0100

Attention: Beneficiary,

Following to the protest of the, The World Bank, IMF and the instruction by the President of the Federal Government of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yara dua, that all outstanding foreign debts especially Contract/inheritance payment should be released to the beneficiaries unconditionally upon satisfactory and standard setting on foreign payment rules and regulation in accordance with the Federal Government of Nigeria foreign payment policy, Further more; you will have to reconfirm to this office your personal information’s for easy and fast communications such as:

Full Name
Fax Number

Though Your Contract/inheritance payment has not been released to you for quite some time due to your inability to satisfy the transfer obligation, Meanwhile, One Mr. Danilo A. Barbosa of P.O.Box 11.116 CEP 05422-970 Sao Paulo SP Brasil has today submitted a report in regards to your approved payment which he claimed that you have instructed him to be your representative and Sister's Company, he further indicated that you have request as a matter of urgency for him to change your account where you want this approved funds transferred to.

Below is the new account information he provided:

Beneficiary's Name: Danilo A. Barbosa
Banks Involved: Receiving Bank: BNP Paribas, New York
Address: 499 Park Avenue New York, New York Etats-Unis (USA)
ABA: 026007689
Account Number: 020018724000180
Address: 11 Quai de Bergues 1211 Geneva 1 Switzerland
For Further Credit to Account Number: 2032740.

Please do reconfirm to us as a matter of urgency if Danilo A. Barbosa is from you so that the TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER shall not be held responsible for paying into a wrongful funds bank particulars. Under my leadership as the TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER DEPARTMENT Federal Republic of Nigeria have approved you as the Beneficiary of the said fund but due to the new account particulars/details submitted in this office, we shall take immediate effect on this note to Wire Transfer all the funds into the New Danilo A. Barbosa Bank Account, if we do not receive urgent response from the sole Beneficiary of this funds.

Sincerely you are to re-send accredited for the release of the said approved fund to this reputable Bank Account once we receive your confirmation to go ahead with transfer. How ever, we shall proceed to issue all payment details to the said {Danilo A. Barbosa} If fail to receive your response upon receipt of this vital notification. Should you require any additional service immediately, Please do not hesitate to call me immediately directly using: +2348027127674. With kind regards.

I Remain Sincerely Yours,

Rev. John Paul
Director Foreign Remittance
Department Federal Ministry of Finance
Federal Government of Nigeria.

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