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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: "National Assembly (NASS)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:42:32 -0700
Subject: Urgent Notification from the Senate!!!!

OFFICE OF THE SENATE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT (RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT) IKOYI-LAGOS NIGERIA. Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STB ATTN: Beneficiary, We write to inform you that the newly elected Senate members have approved your long over due part payment, so youre advised to contact Skye Bank Plc. immediately for the release of your fund which has been approved long ago. Urgently contact the Head of Operation via email on the bellow contact information: Contact Person:- Mr. Ben Johnson Email:- Note: Let us know immediately you receive the payment so that we can update our record, also let us know if you have issues ok. Thank You. Best Regards, SENATE PRESIDENT (Davis Mark)

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