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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: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:28:27 +0100



How are you and the family, we got your email notification about your dealings with some kind of scramblers which you are not suppose to deal with at all regarding your transfer, you have been dealing with this people for a long time while they are not in position to pay you your fund, this people have extracted a lot of money from you and at the end you get nothing, I am being appointed to this post by my Fellow Nigerians, just to fetch out all this criminals that are deceiving foreigners about their existing funds to obtain money from them with genuine reasons about their transfer of funds.

However, it may interest you to know that the people you have been dealing with are not even in the banking system, but because they are aware of your existing amount, they are now using It to deal with you, I advise that you stop every further contact if you are still receiving any email or telephone calls from them, because dealing with them will not help this office to investigate or transfer your funds to you by the appropriate office, you should stop every further contact with this people because you won't get anything in return because they are pretenders so for your own good you are advised to stop and concentrate to the office that we are going to initiate for the payment of your fund as it is ready to be wired, and for your own interest I advise that you respond to this email as soon as you get it so that we can proceed immediately without any further delay.

Furthermore, I also want you to understand that you have not been dealing with the right office as they will only deceive you because they can't pay you anything, and the statement you made saying you won't spend money is amateurish because a transaction of this magnitude will take some little expenditure which you are responsible as the rightful beneficiary, so in that case I want you to know that you will spend but it will not inconvenient you at all immediately you reply to this message I shall quickly go to the FMF (Federal Ministry Of Finance) to release your APPLICATION FORM FOR APPROVAL which you will fill and return back here before we proceed in contacting the paying bank to complete the transfer to your favor which will not take us more than 72 banking hours.

In view of the above you are advised to provide the information below to enable us begin the process of transferring your funds.

1) Your Full Name………………………………………………
2) Phone, Fax and Mobile ………………………………………
3) Company\'S Name, Position and Address…………………..
4) Profession, Age and Marital Status………………………….
5). Amount Due for Payment…………………

Awaiting your earliest response,
Mrs. Farida Waziri
(Assist)Dr Gabriel Zyggy
Efcc Chairperson

EFCC Executive Chairman, Chief Mrs. Farida Mzamber Waziri (AIG rtd.)

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