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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:

Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:03:46 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: TOP URGENT ,FROM THE NIGERIA POLICE .BE WARNED has forwarded a page to you from Criticat

TOP URGENT ,FROM THE NIGERIA POLICE .BE WARNED thought you would like to see this page from the Criticat web site.
Message from Sender:

BE WARNED From: Nigeria Police force email, To: Bank of America Cc: NIGERIA POLICE ANTI- FRAUD INTELLIGENCE MONITORING TEAM AND SURVEILLANCE UNIT AIG OFFICE ATTENTION:Beneficiary, I am Mrs. Ivy Okoronkwo the First Female Deputy Inspector General of Nigerian Police Force (DIG) and the second- in-command to the Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Anti Fraud Unit Federal Republic of Nigeria Reports have reached us from our anti fraud intelligence monitoring teams and Surveillance Units that some impostors, fraudsters and unscrupulous criminal minded people are contacting our legitimate foreign contractors, next of kin’s and fund beneficiaries like you and thereby telling them that they were appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria inconjunction with the United Nations (UN), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Government to pay them compensation as a scam victim in Nigeria, which does not even exist Investigation also revealed that these scam artists and criminal minded people are demanding various kinds of fees, Taxes and handling charges from their victims for their own selfish interest in pretext of paying them compensation Fund as a scam victim in Nigeria or their legitimate fund owed to them by the Federal Government of Nigeria through Bank Draft, Diplomatic Cash Delivery at doorstep, Bank to Bank transfer or by Swift ATM Card, which does not even exist or included in one of our payments modalities. And even if these crooks and imposters succeeded in sending the SWIFT ATM CARD to their victims, what they will send is an empty and fake ATM CARDS, which their victims cannot use in their countries because the ATM CARDS are fake and there are no money loaded into the ATM CARDS as these bunch of crooks claimed Further investigations also revealed that these fraudulent elements are impersonating the officials of our Apex Bank i.e. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and managing directors and CEO’S of some commercial Banks here in Nigeria like First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Oceanic Bank International Plc, Zenith Bank, union bank ,Intercontinental Bank and host of other banks here in Nigeria and Federal Government of Nigeria offshore Accredited Paying Bank in america which is bank of america . They also impersonate the Federal Government of Nigeria legitimate officials like the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi, Senator David Mark the Senate President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rev, Dr. Franklin Mbah the Chairman of Contract Verification/Review Panel and Foreign Debt Payment, Chief Mrs. Farida Waziri the Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dr. louis parker the Head of International Remittance Department bank of america and other legitimates officials in the office of the Presidency and Senators of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Meanwhile we have since spread our dragnets to apprehend these felons and their collaborators who by their criminal activities have seriously eroded the confidence of foreign investors/creditors have in the federation of Nigeria in spite all the concerted efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria to attract foreign investors into the country. So far we have arrested over Sixty Five (65) persons suspected to be fraud syndicate and scam artists in connection to these criminal acts and some of them are now cooling their heads in jail, while some will soon be charge to court for their involvements in various financial crimes and fraudulent activities. Sequel to this security report you are warned to stop such illegal and unofficial communications you are having with bunch of crooks and scam artists that have no funds to pay you if you are already involved in this illegal and fraudulent communications. Because this present administration of Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria is not aware of this fraudulent and illegal communications you are having with imposters, scam artists and fraudsters we have earlier warned you not to communicate with. And also we did not authorize any bank or financial institution both here in Nigeria and offshore to pay you compensation as a scam victim in Nigeria or your legitimate fund entitlement owed to you by the Nigerian Government either by SWIFT ATM CARD, Bank to Bank Transfer, Diplomatic Cash Delivery to your doorstep or Bank Draft For your information we only approved/authorized your payment thorough bank of america services and the only bank approved, recognized and authorized by this present administration of Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay our foreign contractors, next of kins and fund beneficiaries their legitimate fund entitlements owed to them by the Federal Government of Nigeria is our accredited offshore paying Bank in america i.e. the bank of america only and no other bank And the approved officials or authorities appointed by the Nigerian Government, United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the British Government to supervise and monitor these payments on behalf of Federal Government of Nigeria are Dr. louis parker the Head of International Remittance Department bank of america So if you are having any other dealings or communication with any other bank or group of person (s) apart from the above mentioned you are doing it at your own risk and you are advice to stop such dealings today or you will blame yourself in future. And also you will bear the responsibility of any misfortune that will arise in such unauthorized and unofficial communications and dealings you are having with imposters and bunch of crooks that have no funds to pay you and their prime aims are to extort money from you for their own selfish interest and to ruin your life To this effect you are advised on your own best interest to contact Dr. louis parker the Head of International Remittance Department bank of america today after you receive this message on Telephone Number:1-209-451-5674 or by Email: for more details . Treat as urgent and serious matter and also we remind you that your approved funds is now ready to be paid to you by the bank of america . Your maximum compliance and adherence to this instructions and advice will be on your own best interest You are also advise to contact the president of nigeria dr good luck jonathan on his direct number 234-8025456094 or email today as soon as you receive this mail today . Yours sincerely Mrs. Ivy Okoronkwo NB: Please you can help the Nigerian Police Anti Fraud Unit in this anti fraud crusade by reporting or forwarding to us your past and recent correspondences with these crooks and impostors you are communicating with for prompt attention and police action. Because the Nigerian Police Force and the Federal Government of Nigeria shall not be liable if you fail to comply with this instruction and you are extorted or defrauded your hard earned money by these crooks and criminal minded people you are communicating with now

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