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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: "Economic & Financial Crimes Commission" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 02:34:45 -0700
Subject: Your $5 Million Reward Fund,

From Desk Of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
Economic & Financial Crimes Commission
Head Office,5 Fomella Street. Wuse II.
Federa Capital Territory, Abuja-Nigeria
$.5 Million Dollars Compensation Fund.
Attention: Sir/Madam,
I am Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde. The chairman of ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIMES
COMMISSION (EFCC). in alliance with Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS) with head Office here in Nigeria. We have been
working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western
part of Africa With the help of United States Government, Britain, World Bank and the
United Nations.
We have been able to track down many of these scam artist in various parts of west African
AND SENEGAL ETC.) and they are all in our custody here in Lagos Nigeria. We have been able
to recover some stolen monies from these scam artists. The United Nations Anti-crime commission and the
United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100
lucky people including scam victims, less priviledged and earthquake victims around the World.
This email is being directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and
computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria.
You are therefore being compensated with $5 Million Dollars. We have also arrested some of those who
claim to be barristers, bank officials, Lottery Agents and government officials who has money for transfer
or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do not exist. Since your name appeared among the lucky
beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of $5 Million, we have arranged your payment through our
swift card payment center.
Feel free to contact the processing officer Mr. Edwin Davidson .The swift card has been specially prepared
to enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Five
Thousand Dollars Only per day. So you are advised to contact the processing officer Mr. Edwin Davidson
with your provided informations required.
Contact Person: Mr. Edwin Davidson
Email Address:
Provide the information bellow to enable him prepare your ATM Master Credit Card including your Pin to access it.
1) Your full name:
2) Residential address:
3) Phone/fax numbers:
4) Profession:
5) Scan copy of id/age:
Best Regard,
Mr. Ibrahim Lamordei.

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