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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: "MR. IBRAHIM LAMORDE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15.49.22 +0200

ATTENTION: Dear Valid Beneficiary,
This is to officially announce to you that some scam Syndicates were Apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria few weeks ago and after several Interrogations and tortures your details were among those mentioned by Some of the scam Syndicates as one of the victims of their operations.
And which we have been monitoring you for the past a month now that You are having some transaction with so called INTERNATIONAL MONETARY  FUND (I.M.F) AND WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER BANK and the UNITED NATION  FUNDS TRANSFER who claim to have a loan company here in Nigeria and which  We find out that this name and there email address is in the EFCC custody  Which we have been trying to track them for that past one week now we the EFCC hereby warned you to intercept contacting this so called impostors for this matter not to implicate you more and more.
And after proper investigations and research at Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram office to know if you have truly sent money to the scam Syndicates through Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram, your name was found in Western Union Money Transfer database among those that have sent money through Western Union Money Transfer to Nigeria and this proves that you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous people by sending money to them in the course of getting your loan Which the other say that is not real, right now we are working hand in hand with Western Union and Interpol to track every fraudsters down, do not respond to their e-mails, letters and phone calls any longer they are impostors and you should be very careful to avoid being a victim to fraudsters any longer because they have nothing to offer you but to rip-off what you have worked hard to earn.
In this regard a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and as a consequence of our investigations it was agreed that the sum of Eight Hundred And Fifty thousand US Dollars (US$850,000.00) should be transferred to you out of the funds that Federal Government of Nigeria has set aside as a compensation to everyone who have by one way or the other sent money to fraudsters in Nigeria.
***Please note that we will NO LONGER be liable for any loss, cost or expense, whatsoever, suffered or incurred by you in connection with the fraudsters. Be warned! We have deposited your fund with the paying bank,United Bank for African located at EMS Post office Lagos, Nigeria. We have submitted your details to them so that your fund can be transferred to you. We have also paid the Registration and Safe Keeping fees and for security reasons we have also insured your fund to avoid misappropriation.
Furthermore, note that we are monitoring your transaction with the IMF and WESTERN UNION BANK and the UNITED NATION who they claim they are and if you do not stop further communication with them you shall be arrested and jailed by the Interpol police who will pick you at your address.
Get back to us now!
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
Ag. Executive Chairman,.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Please note that some fraudsters are claiming to be Directors or staff Of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have recently been Sending phony e-mails/letters and also calling unsuspecting persons, With intent to defraud them. It is important to note that these Fraudsters are criminals engaged in Advanced Fee Fraud known in Nigeria as 419. Every day, people throughout the world are falling Victim to scams of one kind or another. But remember - if it sounds Too good to be true, it is probably a scam. In the circumstance, we Unreservedly advice you to dissociate yourself from all correspondence And transactions entered into based on evidently fraudulent and Fictitious claims.

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