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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: "Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 03:02:08 +0200
Subject: Contact Barrister Williams Kenth for release of your funds worth $1.5Million?

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20505
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
Dear Beneficiary
This is Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) we are enhanced by the United Nations Governments and African Union Governments to carry out a special job for benefit of people like you. We based in WASHINGTON D.C but right now we are presently in Africa working as representative solicitors to the United Nations Governments and African Union, we are working towards the eradication of fraudulent in western and southern part of Africa with the help of United Nations Government and African Union Governments. We know that this message will come to you by surprise but we want you to believe the message and respond to it as soon as possible for quick release of your funds.
First of all let me introduce my self to you. My Name is FOX Michael Roger, I am the commander of the (CIA) squared that where called by the United Nations Governments and African Union Governments to come down to Africa and fight against fraudulent that have been going on in Africa countries. It pleases me that I am written this letter to you and I am going to break it down to your understanding so that you will not be confused when reading it but to understand it and respond to it so that you will receive your compensated funds worth the sum of $1.5 million USD as soon as possible. For the past Seven (7) months my dear, the United Nations Governments and African Union Governments was having series of meetings together based on how to fight against scam / fraudulent activities that have been going on in African countries, the meeting was held with the secretary general of United Nations Organization and present Governors of some eastern and southern parts of Africa which! meeting ended 9 days.
In the meeting, the United Nations Governments in conjunction with their African Union Governments concluded with the trust they have with we the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), they gave us this job to carry it out and work it perfectly, they concluded that we the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) should go and track down scam artist/fraudsters in various parts of Africa which includes (1) Nigeria,(2) Ghana,(3) Cote D'Ivoire,(4) Burkina Faso,(5) South Africa and(6) Benin Republic, and also to make arrests of any suspected fraudsters/scam artist in the above mentioned African countries. The meeting was held because of so many complaints that the (UN) have been getting from individuals in overseas that they have been losing money from scammers in Africa and they should look into it, so that's why we are sent to Africa to track down and deal against scan artists in Africa regions.
Now with collaboration and help of the present Governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Benin Republic and some other African Governments, We have successfully tracked down and arrested over 957 fraudsters in both west and south African countries and prosecuted over300 government, Banking officials and arrest is still going on.
Secondly we also recover $43 Billion dollars from both cash in accounts and properties and assets confiscated from the arrested fraudsters and now the United Nations Governments and their African Union Governments have ordered the money recovered from the scammers to be shared one one point five million USD among the people we founds their email address and personal data's in any of the arrested scam artist desk and your email address is one of the email addresses we found in one of the arrested scam artist file in anda computer hard disk, so therefore  this email is been directed to you in order to let you know that you have being compensated with $1.5Million Dollars from the United Nations Governments and Africa Union Government as charity compensation funds.
Meanwhile we have converted the funds into swift card payment as instructed to us by the United Nations Organization, so you are to receive your funds totaled $1.5 million USD by ATM CARD Payment and Note that everything has been taken care of by the (UN) and your ATM CARD have been approved in your favor and issued with your name and also registered with DHL Courier Service at once for delivery to commence to your home address. the Serial Number of your ATM MASTER CARD is 4506-8675-2345-9245 and the Identification Number is 2500, the ATM MASTER CARD only contains your $1.5 million USD nothing less and nothing high. Note you are only allow to be withdrawing maximum value of $5,000 USD per day with the ATM MASTER CARD when you receive it and you can make withdrawal in any Inter Switch location and ATM Center of your choice in the world.
So my dear in order to respond to this email you are to contact our corresponding barrister over here, Barrister Williams Kenth who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD CENTER with the information's below and note that you are to contact him with the sum of $250usd for shipping fee of your PACKAGE (ATM CARD).
We forgot to deduct the shipping fee of your ATM CARD from your funds when it was at hand to deduct it from it and we are sorry for that, however the only obligation you have in this transaction now is to pay for the shipping fee which will only cost you $250usd. take note do not send any money to any one until you read this email, the only person you have to send the shipping fee is Barrister Williams Kenth. once you can be able to fulfill your obligation which is getting the shipping fee valued $250usd sent to Barrister Williams Kenth you must surely get your ATM CARD delivered to you in your door step within the next 48 working hours ok.
Below are Barrister Williams Kenth contact information, do contact him immediately so that he can get in touch with the DHL DELIVERY COMPANY so that they can start shipping your ATM CARD to your nominated home address.
Telephone: +234-8034165255.
You are advised to contact him with the information's as stated below for confirmation and security purpose so that hewill know if you are still alive and where to deliver your ATM CARD to.
Your full Name.............
Your Address...............
Mobile phone number........
Upon the receipt of the fee valued $250, the delivery of your ATM CARD will commence after when Barrister Williams confirms your payment which he will gives you the payment information's that you will use to effect the payment via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer for shipping fee of your PACKAGE (ATM CARD), and after that the delivery of your ATM CARD will commence without any further charges or delay ok.
you don't have any thing to be afraid of or to be worried about now that we the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is involved in this, you have to be rest assured that this is 100% risk free; it is our duty to protect and fight crimes.
Yours sincerely,
FOX Michael Roger
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Office of Public Affairs
Take note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are only advised to be in contact with Barrister Williams Kenth for the release of you funds because he is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD and forward any emails you get from imposters to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

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