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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. Farida Waziri." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 02:53:25 -0800
Subject: Anti-Fraud Unit.

Nigeria Investigation Department,
Anti-Fraud Unit.
4Th Floor Awolowo Road,
Ikoyi Lagos,

Motto: Security Watch

Attention Beneficiary,

My Name is Mrs. Farida Waziri the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairperson in Nigeria . I have tried my best so far to make sure you receive your outstanding payment with the federal government of Nigeria Benin Republic Cotonou, Ghana and others, but I discovered you prefer dealing with crooks and sending your hard earned money to them who have been using my name and our communication code in deceiving you.

I will be ready to help you get your fund if you abide to my instructions to enable me help in delivering your fund as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission principal officer. I strongly know that they will never tell you the truth rather than collecting your hard earned money from you. I have decided with my veto power that you must receive one third of your principle fund to ascertain really who I am. But I will prefer you send a security communication code to me, which we can use in communicating to each other for safety reasons, if you really want to claim this fund without fraudulent problem.

Note: Thousands of fraudsters have been using this method in scamming most foreign creditors, that we have in the payment list here in our office. We use this medium to inform you that any mail that does not come with the new communication code: FW/.ECNG -BFKR-/OSHLJ/ is false. In this case, you’re advice not to respond to any mail that does not come with the above communication code for safety purpose.

Our final conclusion was that, the fund should be paid to you via an automated teller machine card (ATM) as it seems, this will be easier and faster for you to receive.

Note; that the amount you’re expecting is US$ 10,500,000.00 and it has been approved by the IMF yesterday.

You are advice to email me back via my private emailbox @:

Your new communication code: FW/.ECNG -BFKR-/OSHLJ/.


Mrs. Farida Waziri.
Chairperson EFCC.

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