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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: "Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:05:42 +0400

Scotland Yard
8-10 Broadway, London SW1H 0BG,
United Kingdom.

Mr. Lord Ruben
Position: Director of Information,
Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard.



We are pleased to inform you that the Second Batch Payment Schedule Approval Committee recently inaugurated by the International Banks for reconciliation and development (World Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) based on series of petitions received from International bodies such as cooperate bodies and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) on the inability of most Government of different Countries in the world, Commercial Banks, Probate Offices and World Lottery Organization to settle their Clients Contract Debt, Inheritance and Winning Prize Fund.

After an extensive close door meeting between the boards of directors, it was resolved and agreed upon, that this body; the Second Batch Payment Schedule Approval Committee, comprised of selected intelligence officers from the Metropolitan Police, EFCC and FBI will work extensively to ensure that your Unclaimed Funds will be paid to you without any hitch and delay through the World Bank and IMF Insurance Body as agreed.

The total sum of $1,985,000.00 (One Million Nine Hundred and Eighty-Five Thousand US Dollars) as initial payment has been endorsed and approved for payment to you. Being the second batch of payment issued to various individuals, Companies, and Organizations, we will delight in following the procedures in the course of payment for our first batch receivers. To safe-guard enlisted/qualified Clients/Beneficiaries from further extortion of unnecessary payments of any kind whatsoever, we have appointed, accredited and endorsed an attorney to work under our care in this regards, he is a well known activist, a human rights lawyer and knowledgeable in various fields.
Be informed that your payment will come in either of the forms below:


This payment order will be in a Certified Bank Draft in that amount and can be repurchased from any bank in the world. This means is advised for those who can handle and manage such huge sums of money.


This payment order will be in an ATM Visa or Master Card in that amount programmed to dispense a maximum of $5000.00USD for each use and can be used for a maximum of 4 times in a day after each 6 hours hence it can dispense a total of $24,000.00USD in a day.
Instructions have been given to the endorsed paying bank in Nigeria to issue either a Certified Bank Draft or an ATM Visa/Master Card in that amount in your favor upon your receipt of your option.

The reason why we have used Nigeria as the claims center is because of the reduced tendency and involvement of the Nigerian Government in the sponsorship of terrorism related activities and the stability of the Country despite the fact that there are some bad eggs which are also seen in other countries in the World.

We advice that you establish contact with our attorney, a human rights lawyer who will render free legal services to all beneficiaries who have been listed on our second batch payment schedule. In other words, the body will take care of his flight fees, service charges and other contingencies throughout his one month stay in Nigeria until we confirm that you have received and confirmed your payments, Hence he requires no fee or charges from you the beneficiary to ensure that you are on the right track to receive your funds without being misled apart from the official delivery charges which is to be paid to the delivery company for the delivery of your parcel. He is very much conversant with the delivery and all international law and will perfectly guide you through under our supervision.

By Speed Post - $95.00USD
Estimated Time of Arrival (ETI) = Maximum of 48 hours after shipment

Universal Courier Delivery - $80.00USD
Estimated Time of Arrival (ETI) = 3 days.
The only fee you will have to pay is either $95.00USD (For Speed Post) or $80.00USD (For Universal Courier Express Delivery).
You are to reconfirm to our attorney Barrister, Barrister George Smith Eze the following details of yours as listed below:
Choose from the two option listed above and make the Payment through western union money transfer to the Barrister George Smith Eze.

AMOUNT : $95 OR $80
SEND MTCN NUMBER : ........................


Full Name:
Current/Valid Residential Address:
Nominated Delivery Address:
Home Cell Number:
Direct Mobile Number:

Scan Copy of your Identification (OPTIONAL)
You are also to indicate the means of delivery you want between the two listed above and the amount you sent.
Also note that either $95USD or $80.00USD is what it will cost to get your parcel to your nominated delivery address and that is the only fee you will have to pay.
You can email our attorney at:

Name: Barrister George Smith Eze.

Make sure that you call him immediately on the number above to notify him that you got the email and have responded to the email to enable him check his email and pickup the payment you sent and give you tracking number of your package.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Lord Ruben
Director of Information,
Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard.

Warning: This is only meant for beneficiaries whose names are listed as second batch receivers in this payment schedule, we will not entertain another person coming forward for claim of the fund meant for another in this payment schedule unless there is a valid power of attorney presented, You are also advised not to reply to this email if you have received your funds in the past as this email is specifically meant for those who have not yet gotten their prize funds within the past 5-7 years. You will be prosecuted and made to face the wrath of law if it is discovered that you have submitted any false information.

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