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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: mr jones williams <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:36:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary.

Central Bank of Nigeria
Central Business District,
Cad astral zone
Lagos Nigeria
(Office of the chairman)
Immediate release of your pcompensation payment


The Federal Government of Nigeria has decided to pay you the sum one Million dollars (USD$9,000,000.00) as compensation to all that you have lost in the hand of fraudulent individuals through our Oil Reserve Consolidated account due to some anomalies and discrepancies in most of our Federal ministries, local banks, NNPC and the nations apex bank.

However, full scale and detailed investigation revealed that you have paid colossal amount of money to fraudulent individual sin time past and For that cogent reason the Federal Government of Nigeria decided to Solely compensate you with one million Dollars (USD$9,000,000, 00) Through our Oil Reserve Consolidated Account for safety reasons. For this singular payment purpose, you should contact Mr. Williams Jones who is the chairman of the debt reconciliation committee set up by The federal government of Nigeria to handle and pay you your fund and You should send to him your current receiving mailing address where the Draft will be delivered to you to unable him perfect the final Delivery of your fund to you.



You have to contact him once you receive this message to instruct him where you want your fund to be delivered to you so that he can arrange for the delivery of your draft/fund to you. Sorry for what you might have gone through in the hands of our past dubious governmental officials and fraudulent individuals in time past. Be wanes, you should avoid and prevent any thing that can cause unnecessary delay as this might be the last opportunity for you to receive all Money you lost in the hand of fraudulent individuals in time past hence all your past efforts and contact to receive your money failed you.

Please do respond through this alternative emailing address for security reasons:

Once again congratulation.

Respectfully yours,

jones williams

Director Central Bank of Nigeria

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