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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 Steve Richard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 02:00:27 +0430


It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $5.8 million United States dollars due to past corrupt Governmental
Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum,Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes which i am sending you an attached copy of my IDENTITY in reference to LEGAL UNDERSTANDING towards this transaction.

Now your payment will be send to you by ATM card that will be coming
alongside a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it.

Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your
bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it.

Your payment would be sent to you via Courier Company , Because we have signed a contract with any of the delivery company which should expired by October 25th 2015.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from dhl
website( to confirm people like you who have received their
payment successfully.

CHKUASELI ============== 1426069875

To effect the release of your fund valued at $5.8 million you are advised
to contact the director of payment and delivery officer.

Steve Richard with the information below, email On contacting him do provide him with the following informations:


Your Mailing Address:...

Home/Cell Phone:.......

Yours sincerely,
Steve Richard
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol

Information contained in this email is confidential and intended for the
addresses only. Any dissemination, distribution, copying or use of this
communication without prior permission from the address is strictly
prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication,
please delete it permanently without copying,disclosing or otherwise using
its contents, and notify the sender immediately.
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