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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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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:38:01 -0700

DIRECT TELEPHONE:234-805-887-5754.



It might interest you to know that i have been recalled back to Nigeria by our new President Dr,Good luck Jonathan GCFR after my four years with the World Bank as the Vice President and has been appointed the new Minister for Finance by Mr.President which i have graciously accepted in other to repositions the economy and image of my country,it was a very difficult task for me to accept hence i was on this same seat from 2000 to 2004 during the former President Obasanjo regime which i resigned honorably when the government was going wrong and was appointed by the World Bank as the Vice President before this know appointed now of which i have resigned officially from the world bank last week and the conditions given by the World Bank to Mr President was that my first task should be to settle every outstanding payment owed to every beneficiary which Mr.President agreed 100% to that agreement and that is my reasons for contacting you now if you have not been paid since all this w

I was shocked and surprise to see your payment file with ref number:700843/nnpc/cbn.56007 still unattended by implications you have not been paid you duely approved funds which i personally approved during my first stay here as Finance Minister which was not suppose to be so,now i have Reactivated and dusted your payment file and i have officially approved a part payment of US$3.5Million(Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) to be release to you with immediate effect which Mr President has equally signed the Gazette to that effect,this part payment approval was as a result of shortfall in budgetary approvals by the National Assembly for this year and in other not to waste any time based the agreement we reached with the World Bank we have to settle this your part payment now and after that the balance will be paid to you as well,please be informed that thsi sum has been regularized to be paid to you through our Consolidated Oil Reserve Account number:00008822345694 wit
h CITI Bank in New York,this sum

Requirements from you.

You have to forward to me your full receiving banking details where you this approved sum of US$3.5Million will be transferred into via KTT Wire Transfer if you wish to be paid by wire transfer and if you wish to be paid through ATM MASTER CARD you will send to me your full names which CITI Bank will use to upload your Master Card which there will send to me here in Nigeria and i will make the delivery directly to you,so you have to forward your address home or office where you want to receive the Master Card to me so that by Personal Assistants will make the delivery,please note that this is a brand new payment arrangement and not your usual dilly dallying you have been facing in the past in the hands of both real and imaginary payment officials,so if you are not serious and ready to receive this approved sum don't respond to this letter because i have a lot to attend to than to attending to non serious claimants and this will be your last chance and opportunity of receiving
this funds if you fail to maximi

World Bank/Federal Government Agreement Requirement Prior To Payment.

You the funds beneficiary will be required to obtain International Funds Transfer Bond Clearance Certificate from the World Bank Annex office here in Nigeria before i will instruct our paying bank in United States(CITI BANK) to credit your account,that was what the World Bank said so that you will not have any problem with your bank or local police authorities once the funds hits your account,immediately you procure the IFTBC Certificate which will be attached to your payment file which i will send to CITI bank and there will release your funds with immediate effect and with no conditions attached,so you will send the cost for the IFTBC Clearance Certificate which my Personal Assistant will use to go and procure the Clearance from the World Bank signed stamped and sealed and i will then approved and send to CITI Bank and your funds released free of any taxes or charges again from CITI bank or World Bank neither the Nigerian Government.

Finally respond back to me immediately you receive this letter if your are READY AND PREPAID to abide by the above conditions with your full banking details and address for the transfer and if you are not ready to accept the started CONDITIONS don't reply or disturb me with call as i will not waste my time with you,this payment arrangement is my precondition before accepting this post and i must abide by it full time and if you are not ready to follow along you may as well forgo your due funds to the Nigerian Government and you will not blame us for that after.

Urgently looking forward to hear from you and your call hence i will be willing to speak with you if you accept on the CONDITIONS as stated by the World Bank and the Nigeria Government,again note that there is no more bureaucratic bottlenecks on this subject matter,like i said once you obtain the above IFTBC Document from the World Bank i will only call our paying bank (CITI BANK) in NY to credit your account which you have to forward to me directly as you will have no dealings with the bank hence once your transfer is made i will personally forward to you your TRANSFER SLIPS and TELEX COPY as issued by CITI Bank.

Mr.Smith N,Anderson:For.
Dr.Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
New Finance Minister,Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Direct Mobile:234-8058875754.

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