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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 Susan Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 06:23:03 -0800
Subject: Re:You are advised to Contact Immediately

Attn: Beneficiary,
This is to inform you that our finance company has been mandated by the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to remit your outstanding Funding that is in a suspense deposit account here. We shall remit your fund in four (4) instrumental phases. The management will also like to Inform you that our remittance department has been receiving different request from different individuals/companies for the claims to the funds and a change to the beneficiary status and account details.
Recently there was a formal request by Mr. Edward C. Ringer of Ringer Company, Tampa Bay, Florida Uited State Of America for the change of your Account to Terrace Bank through some individuals claiming to be your local representatives here in Nigeria.
The management will like you to send the following information for the successful transfer of your funds and also to avoid the transfer of your funds into a different Nominated Bank Account and wrong beneficiary.
The information required from you is listed below:
1) Your full name and address:
2) Your banking details:
3) Your telephone and fax number:
4) Your Age:
5) Your Occupation:
6) Your Country:
You are required to get in touch with Mr. James Obaseki who is your payment officer on ( ) for further instructions on how your funds will be transferred.
Contact Payment Office Immediately:
Contact Name: Mr James Obaseki
Email Address:
Phone Number: +234-8039-629-551
There is an option if you want the funds to be brought to you in your country then you can advise your payment officer on that issue. In regards to the present situation, a lot of people are claiming that you gave them authority over your funds and you are therefore advised in your own interest to cut off all communications between you and your local representatives to avoid the wrongful transfer of your funds into another Persons Bank Account.
The Management will like to apologize on behalf on the Federal Government of Nigeria for the long delay of the transfer of your funds into your account. On receipt of your mail or phone call to the Payment officer (Mr. James Obaseki) your funds will be transferred into your Nominated Bank Account Under 10 working days.
You are advised to Contact Immediately
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Susan Brown
Finance Company Manager

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