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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: "Felix Ibru" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 23:49:03 -0500
Subject: Kindly accept this token as compensation.

Hello partner,

How are you today? hope this email finds you in an excellent condition of life, my name is Mr. Felix Ibru (Formal Chairman of Committee on Petroleum Resources) you might have forgotten me but the fact is that you have attempted helping me in the past regarding a $35MillionUSD transfer which was not successful but I actually succeeded with the help of a British/London based business merchant who financed the whole transfer into his own account but I thought it very wise not to be ungrateful for your concern then, so I want to appreciate that great effort towards the transfer and due to your sincerity of purpose you showed during the caurse of the transfer though failed but I want to compensate you with this little percentage which is $2.5millionusd. Presently I no more lives in Nigeria but I have already signed and left a certified bank draft of $2.5millionusd on your name with my lawyer, so do contact him immediately.

Contact person: Barrister Williams Saraki.
Phone: +234 813 264 9826. (Please call him upon receipt of this email to you)

Again ensure to send your full contact details as stated below for verification and clarification of the true person payment is meant for.

Full name:
Contact address:
Direct contact phone No:

Thanks for your acceptance to this little token as you are anticipated to act quickly and accordingly.

Best Regards,

Mr. Felix Ibru
Phone: +44 704 575 3176

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