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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:36:44 -0800

Attn: Funds Beneficiary

Dear Sir.

This is to inform you that based on the scattering against the Central Bank of Nigeria and some Commercial Banks that has been administering your Inheritance/Contract/Lottery payments report submitted to the office of the Presidency by the Federal Bureau of Investigations(FBI)and the World Bank Payment Monitoring Unit last week Tuesday and as a follow up of our weekly Federal Executive Council Meetings held on Monday 23rd January,President Good luck Jonathan has with immediate effect revoked the Power of releasing your funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria and some Commercial Banks here in Nigeria,henceforth your payment will be released and pay to you through the office of Mr.President himself via the Director of Budget and Finance in the Presidency under his direct supervisions.

Prior to the above please note and be warned that you will now receive your first batch payment funds within 72hours through the office of the Director of Budget and Finance in the Presidency as your funds is no longer with our Apex Bank (CBN),This is a Presidential Gazetted information's which you must follow to the latter,your Presidential release Code number now is:FGN/CBN/XX882012,so you are as a matter of urgency contact the Director of Budget and Finance in the Presidency for him to release your funds with immediate effect as your payment File has been sent to him for prompt actions,his details are as below.

Dr.Peter Obi.
Director of Budget and Finance in the Presidency.

Call him on phone once you receive this letter from me and quote your above Release Code to him as instructed and as well reconfirm your banking details to him if you wish to be paid by Bank Wire Transfer and if you wish to be paid by ATM Master Card send to him your receiving home or office address for the shipment to you as well,please note that this is the first quarter payment for the year after the successful deregulation of the down stream sector/Subsidy removal by Mr.President hence we have saved enough funds to offset your outstanding funds to you,for your information's note that all necessary backup documents for your payments has been secured free of charge on your behalf as you dont need to pay any money for that,all you need to ask the Director of Budget and Finance Dr.Peter Obi is to help you secure from the FBI is your FBI International Funds Clearance Certificate which is solely issued by the FBI that will authenticate your funds as legal,this is the instructio
ns from the FBI based on they rep


Dr.Reuben Abati.
Presidential Spokesman and Media Assistant to Mr.President.
Office of the Presidency,Abuja,Nigeria.

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