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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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Fraud email example:

From: "From: Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 16:14:03 +0100
Subject: From: Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius.

Internal Audit,Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations Division
From: Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius.
This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from London,after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica,South America and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam activities going on in these two nations.
I have met with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria who claimed that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your fund in your account. Right now,as directed by our secretary general Mr.Ban Ki-Moon,We are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorise the Government of Nigeria to effect the payment of your compensation of an amount of $10.5M approved by both the British government and the UN into your account without any delay.The only fee you will pay to confirm your fund in your account,is your Notorization fee to the UN and is going to cost you only $120 as soon as you make this payment your fund will be in your acount in the
next 72 hours.
Sincerely,you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr.Richard Graves from USA to fraustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account. I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours.
However I want you to know that as soon as we hear from you with the fee for Notarization $120 your fund will be in your account in the next 72 hours and we want You have to reconfirm your informationís back below is needed immediately you get the mail so that we will go no by transfer your fund into your account information below.
Your Full Name
Your Addresser
Your Call Phone Number
Your Bank Nmae
Bank Addresser
Your Account Number
Bank Call Phone Number
This is the paying information that you will use and send the 120 U.S. DOLLARSthrough western union money transfer.
Name:Frank Ezeagu
Address: Lagos-Nigeria
Question: 120
Answer: yes
All this information is needed now for the transfer For oral discussion,call me on this number which I just acquired in Nigeria today: +234-8032241704 I wait for your call.
Sincerely yours,
United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Internal Oversight.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs.Inga-Britt Ahlenius.

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