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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: "AMBASSADOR . LAWRENCE MAYNARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <fbilogisticedept1@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 15:17:54 +0300
Subject: US AMBASSADOR CONSULATE CALL:DIRECT NUMBER: +234-81-7442-3347

AMBASSADOR . LAWRENCE MAYNARD
US AMBASSADOR CONSULATE
PLOT 1075, DIPLOMATIC DRIVE,
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
NIGERIA.
MOBILE NUMBER: 234-81-7442-3347.
 
 
ATTENTION: BENEFICARY,
 
 
HOW ARE YOU TODAY AND I HOPE THIS MAIL MEETS YOU IN GOOD STATE OF MIND.
MY NAME AMBASSADOR  LAWRENCE MAYNARD AND I SHALL  BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING  BRINGING YOUR FUNDS OF ($500,000:00) FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS {BANK DRAFT} ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
 
 
I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).
 
 
YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT.
 
 
YOUR PACKAGE ($500,000:00) FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS {BANK DRAFT} MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF REGISTERING IT IS $250 USD THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US.
 
 
SEND THE FEE VIA MONEY GRAM OR WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER PAYMENT INFORMATION STATED BELOW:
 
 
NAME --------------    MR. NONSO PETER
ADDRESS -----------    LAGOS NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION------    COLOUR
TEXT ANSWER -------    BLUE
AMOUNT--------------    $250 USD
 
 
PLEASE, IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT OR CAN NOT SEND THE REQUESTED $250 USD, PLEASE, DONíT BOTHER REPLYING THIS MAIL.
 
 
MEAN WHILE, SEND ME YOUR DETAILS AS REQUESTED BELOW:
 
 
NAME:_________________________________________
ADDRESS:______________________________________
TELEPHONE/MOBILE NUMBER:______________________
 
 
MY TRIP WILL BE BY MID WEEK AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR CONSIGNMENT PACKAGE.
 
 
AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION.
 
 
FOR SECURITY REASON, KINDLY SEND THE PAYMENT INFORMATION BELOW VIA SMS TO MY MOBILE  PHONE NUMBER: +234-81-7442-3347
 
 
SENDER NAMES-----------
SENDERSí ADDRESS--------
AMOUNT-----------------
MTCN-------------------
 
 
REGARDS,
AMBASSADOR . LAWRENCE MAYNARD
DIRECT MOBILE NUMBER: +234-81-7442-3347
US AMBASSADOR CONSULATE
PLOT 1075, DIPLOMATIC DRIVE,
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
ABUJA, NIGERIA.

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