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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: "Dr.Morgan Ibekweoru" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:45:22 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir

From: The Office of the
Secretary General of Nigeria
5Th Floor, Apo towers,
Victoria Island , Lagos-Nigeria.

Attn:Category (A) Beneficiary

Dear Sir,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file and found out why you have not received your payment,
is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your settlement. Secondly we have been informed that
you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank and your entire attempts to secure the release of the fund to you.
We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like these have to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to
bring a solution to your problem.

Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific that is the latest instruction from Mr.
President, Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria, and FBI.

This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world,
but the maximum is Thirty five thousand dollars($35,000.00) per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way please contact me immediately
and also send the following information:

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Age And Marital Status:
(3) Your Occupation:
(4) Your Telephone/Fax Number:
(5) Your Nationality:

The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out us$10Million your Part payment for this fiscal year 2011. Also for your information,
you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
For oral discussion, email me back as soon as you receive this important message for further direction and also update me on any development
from the above-mentioned office. Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-822) so you have to
indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.


Dr.Morgan Ibekweoru

Secretary General of Nigeria
On Diplomatic Compensation Program Unit
Official Private:+2348073230393

This e-mail message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient,
please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message

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