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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: Officemail Officemail <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:35:59 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: RE

Finance Minister Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
This is to notify you that after our meeting today with the President, Accountant General Of The Federation, The Senate House, And House Of Representatives, we came to a conclusion that we have to pay you the sum of USD$10.Million dollars, as your Contract Entitlement. The Payment Will come to you via Gld Diplomatic Courier Service; Therefore You are to Re-Confirm the following: (1) Full Name (2) Home Address (3) Telephone Numbers
Your Immediate Response is highly needed on this development please to enable me up-date our records as usual.   Best Regards, Dr.Lamido.Sanusi
Honourable Minister for Finance & Economic Development,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Telephone =+234-803-814-9565

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