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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: "First Reserve Transfer Services" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 01:30:20 -0400
Subject: Dear Beneficiary


I write to confess what you are presently going through with my Boss. I was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Local and Foreign Debt attached to the World Bank office in Washington, DC, USA. I resigned my official duty when I discovered the activities of my colleagues during a private investigation I carried out.

I suspected some kind of foul play in their act which they would never inform me because they know I would never be a party to such as a Christian.

I discovered that my Boss was conniving with some top officials of the World Bank to divert funds approved to settle Lottery winners, International contractors and Inheritance. The World Bank has already given approval for the payment of your fund while they are deliberately delaying your payment.

Ms. Tracy Sansono that your Inheritance file will be forwarded to the Intercontinental Bank of Nigeria Plc Lagos for immediate payment of your Inheritance entitlement without further delay. You should be informed that this money for this payment by the Intercontinental Bank of Nigeria Plc Lagos Nigeria was mapped out from this year's Federal government Budget and the recovered funds Looted out of the Nigerian Treasury by the former Military Head of State General Sani Abacha's family Mr. James Ibori and Other Retired Army Generals.

Most importantly, your payment Can be via ATM VISA CARD or Via Telegraphic Wire Transfer To your Bank Account. You should contact me immediately you receive this e-mail and also you should reconfirm your full name, phone and fax numbers in your response to this letter.

However, we regret the inconvenience this has caused you in the past. Therefore, you should contact the Intercontinental Bank of Nigeria Plc immediately for the immediate release of your payment to you because this payment exercise will last for only seven working days from today. The fund Approval of your Payment has been forwarded to the Intercontinental Bank of Nigeria Plc Lagos for the release of your Funds.

Note: That the amount approved for payment to as payment is US$15,000,000.00 Only. Put a stop in contacting any body any where in the world for the release of this fund so that you will not have cost to regret dealing with wrong hands. You should not communicate to any one again for any reason whatsoever until further notice.

Contact the following person immediately and send to him your particulars including your phone and fax numbers.

PHENIX Financial Consults.
TEL: +44 704 570 1332
Contact Person: Mr. Roland Mantu

Keep me updated as soon as you contact him. God bless....

Please Keep off from impostors before they will destroy you!

Dr.Ben Ogile
Senate President and the Chairman Senate
Committee on Debt Reconciliation & Evaluation FGN

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