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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" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 19:02:17 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Nigerian Government Reimbursement committee

15A Awolowo RoadIkoyi,Lagos NIGERIA.
OUR REF: 10667FV
YOUR REF: 890.


I write to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Nigerian Government
Reimbursement committee under the strict supervision of the United Nations
to pay Five Thousand Nigerian 419 scam victims the sum of $6,500,000 USD
however listed as one of the beneficiaries for these payment.

You are expected to get back to us for your immediate reimbursement.As a
result of this laudable recommendations, you are hereby informed that
during the last U.N. meeting held in Abuja,Nigeria, it was alarmed so much
by the rest of the world on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the
scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world today.

In other to redeem the good image of our country, the President has
ordered the immediate payment of $6,500,000 USD each to the affected
victims in accordance with the U.N. recommendations. Due to the corrupt
and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, these payments are to be made
by Skye BANK PLC, UK as the corresponding paying bank under the funding
assistance of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Presently, Two Thousand Five
Hundred Beneficiaries have been paid; more than 50% of the Victims are
from the United States,while about 40% are from other parts of the world.

Your particulars were among those mentioned by some of the Syndicates that
were apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria as one of the victims of the
operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this
message to anybody for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service in
conjunction with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has
swage into action to track this criminals down. Once again, you are
expected to keep it secret until these criminals are all apprehended.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is
Above the Law) have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime
Commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as redeeming
the image of our dear country.

Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in
Bankruptcy today, due to the activity of these hoodlums. However, a
thorough investigation have revealed that these people have dropped over
500,000 victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely,
many as a result of this have committed suicide, while others are now
living in abject poverty.

As regards these on going developmental strive; we have over 200 suspects
at hand, 135 in kirikri prisons.

While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think
they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital
information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.

Contact Dr Allen Foster my secretary immediately you receive this message
via his email for quick and urgent response: Email:
And reconfirm to him your personal information's below.

NAME IN FULL......................

YOUR CELL NUMBER..................

CONTACT ADDRESS ..................


Dr Allen Foster is well informed about your compensation; contact him
immediately without any delay. He is waiting to hear from you.

Most importantly, do note that your early response to this development
will be appreciated.

We shall be waiting to hearing from you been certain that your response
will be that you are satisfied and willing to claim your $6,500,000 USD
Reimbursement funds.

Yours faithfully
Mrs. Farida Waziri.

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