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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: "Senator Aliu Ibrahim" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 03:46:23 -0800
Subject: Immediate Release of Your Fund Valued $15.5Million.

>From The Desk Of:Senator Aliu Ibrahim.
Chairman Senate Committee.
On Foreign Debt Payment.
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
Re:Immediate Release of Your Fund Valued $15.5Million.
Sequel to directives given to us by the Federal Executive council (FEC) and our Senate to effect immediate payment of your long overdue fund $15,500,000,00 owed by our overnment to you and towards our verification and normalisation of your immediate payment as we were mandated to carry out,you are to provide us with the following information:
I.Scanned copy of either your driving license or passport.
II.Your full names,address and telephone number.
III.Your occupation and marital status.
As soon as we receive the above listed requirements and upon completion of our verification,further action will be taken without further delay regarding the immediate release of your fund to your account.Mind you,what will be released to your account for now is the principal sum inview of the limited funds available for this exercise.Do reconfirm
your account details as stated below:
Washington Mutual Bank
Issaquah Washington,1195 Gilman Blvd
Account No:0974826839
James W. Littlefield
8080 Harborview Rd.
P.O. Box 3141
Blaine, Washington.
It is through this account as obtained in our file that your fund will be released to you.If you have any objection to this,please let us know immediately.
Yours Faithfully,
Senator Aliu Ibrahim.
Chairman Senate Committee
On Foreign Debt Payment
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

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