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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:04:34 -0600
Subject: Response Needed....

......we fight against fraud, funds delay and impersonation.
Code of Conduct Bureau against fraud, funds delay and impersonation,
Head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue Zone A9 Central Area
P. M.B 535, Garki Abuja
Our Ref: EFCC/NG/FG/10

ATTN: Dear Beneficiary,

On behalf of this Unit, we hereby apologize for the inconvenience.

I am (Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri) the chairman of The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). We contacted you because your Payment File is the very first File here on our Payment Schedule/Gazelle and we found out that you are already in contact with some impersonators who claim to be government officials.

I want you to know that they are impostors; they are only after your money which they will keep on asking you to send more money for some kind of document which is not true. Kindly note that, you don’t need any document nor send any money because, the entire document covering your fund has been secured already. So I want you to stop contacting this impersonator. You are advice to STOP ALL FURTHER CONTACTS with these Fraudsters, who are claiming to be some Government Officials. Count yourself Lucky to have been contacted by us today, because this Fraudsters are trying to embezzle more money from you and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the Interpol have already apprehend some suspect.

This Memorandum is to notify you that you will be settled by the Nigerian Government from our initial Deposit Account with International Foreign Remittance of Central Bank of Nigeria. You will be settled with the actual amount which you lost in your previous transaction, including your Inheritance Funds. Your settlement will be actualized within 3 working days after your response to this Official Letter.

For further clarification/investigation, kindly send the below information’s to us immediately,
1) Your Full Name & Address………………………………………………
2) Phone, Fax and Mobile ………………………………………
3) Company\'S Name, Position and Address…………………
4) Profession, Age and Marital Status…………………………
5).Amount Due for Payment…………………10.5 Million dollars

This above-mentioned information’s will officially enable us to carry out our verification processes and after that your compensation sum/Inheritance Funds will be electronically wired into your designated Bank account.

Your immediate compliance to this will expedite actions on your Payment because here in this office, we have a lot of listed victims to be settled.

Kindly reply to my private email address:
I awaiting your response,

Mrs Farida Waziri
Economic and Financial Crime Commission.(E.F.C.C)

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