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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: "Tony Albert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:57:55 -0700
Subject: Greetings to you,

Greetings to you,

This is just a short true note about your unpaid fund, therefore, you
need to relax and read very well to your best understanding.

I am Mr. Tony Albert. A computer scientist hired from Germany to work
with central bank of Nigeria because of my ability to operate
computerized activities. I am 25 years old, just started working with
C.B.N. I came across your file which was marked 'X' and your released
disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have
paid VIRTUALLY all fees but the fund was not released to you.

The most annoying thing is that they won't tell you the truth that on
no account will they ever release the fund to you, instead they allow
you spend money unnecessarily, I do not intend to work here all the
days of my life, I can make the funds be released to you if you can
certify me of my security and assure me that when I make the release,
you will settle me.

I needed to do this because you need to know the status of your Funds
and cause for the delay as well being in your shoe, Please this is
like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not understand it because you
are not a Nigerian or you might not have been to Nigeria. The only
thing needed to release this fund is the Original Anti drug/terrorist
clearance certificate which will be tendered to any of your nominated
bank and the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) for clearance of the
transferred amount in your account. I also understand that many of
these Mafias might have told you to pay for such before which you
might be thinking that it is the original you are paying for, but I
must assure you that the only person who is in the position to give
you the original is in the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Once the Original Anti drug /terrorist clearance certificate is
obtained funds will immediately reflect in your bank within 24 Hours,
the certificate is all that is needed to complete this transaction.

The only authorized person who will issue you your Original document
from the Federal Ministry of Finance is Honorable Njoku Watson and his
his private email is

Before you contact him, I want you to know that you cannot get the
certificate for free, as he will not even want to give you but if you
indicate your file to him in good faith, he will understand because he
is a God fearing person who has Human sympathy. and the cost of

Please Note: when contacting him, do not/ never tell him I was the
one, just make sure you indicate your file letter X and tell him
painted colour Red so that he would recognize your file.

Note that the actual funds is valued at $75,000 USD and the president
made a compensation fund release for all unpaid beneficiaries valued
at $5 million USD.

Therefore, you will not be able to receive your Original initial fund
but the sum of $4 million will be transferred to you as soon as the
original documents is cleared and every two weeks after the first four
million had been paid to you, they will make deposit of 1 million into
your account every two weeks but the important thing is to get the
Certificate and the first four Million.

Listed below are the mafia's and banks behind the non release of your
funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.

1) Prof. Charles soludo (had been sacked from CBN by the Federal Government)
2) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Dr. R. Rasheed
4) Barrister Awele Ugorji
5) Mr. Roland Ngwa
6) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
7) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
8) Dr. Patrick Aziza
Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
9) Mr. Tunde Lemo
Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance / Board Member
10) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia
Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Members
11) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
12) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
13) Barr Jacob Onyema
14) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.
15) Mr. John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.
16) Foreign fund diplomatic courier
17) Barr. Becky Owens
18) Rev. Steven Jones
19) Bank of Africa
20) Mrs. Debbie Hargrove
21) Mr. Michael Wagner
22) ADB Bank Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
23) FSA UK
25) ECO Bank
26) Credit Bank
27) Dr. Mrs. Linda L. Ibeh
28) Dr. Sani Amend

And many others that I do not have advantage of posting here.

Do get in touch with me immediately to conclude this final transaction
immediately, and also send to me your convenient address, Tel/Fax
numbers for easy communications.

contact me :

Mr. Tony Albert

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