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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: "Dr.Martins Ekeh" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:28 -0500

>From the Desk Of:
Dr. Martins Ekeh
Payment Supervisor
National Assembly
Abuja Nigeria
Private Number: +234-1-820-6158

This letter is written to you in order to change your life from today. I
am Dr. Martins Ekeh of Fund Recovery Committee National Assembly Abuja
this committee is set up by Federal Government of Nigeria under National
Assembly Reform of 2004 to Fight Corruption, Arrest and prosecute
Corrupt/Fraudulent officials, then Recover and pay back those people whose
money was stolen from.

We have received information from our monitoring network that you have
made so many payment to Nigeria, Cotonu and other part of the World in
recent times without receiving any money in your Account, further
investigation reveals that you have little or no money in your Account due
to many payment you sent to Nigeria and other countries.

Following the on going re-branding of Nigeria and image laundering being
promulgated by Nigeria Government to the International Communities, the
Federal Government of Nigeria have instructed us to compensate you with
the sum of $3.5m ( three Million five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars) from the sum of money which we have recovered from some
Fraudulent Government officials such as formal Central Bank of Nigeria
Governor Prof.
Charles Soludo and Managing Directors of other Nigeria Banks who is now

We can be able to pay you this $3.5m in piece meal of $4,800 daily through
Western Union or Money Gram so that you will have quick money to solve
your financial problem. In case you do not want payment by western union
or money gram, we can also transfer to your Account small payment of $1.m
every week,this small amount is very easy to enter your account because it
is allow in USA and all over the world to transfer such small amount of
money without any question or delay from your Country financial

Note since you have been fighting to receive large sum of money for the
past months/years from your Contract/inheritance payment without success,
it is wise and better for you to first receive this compensation. Lastly
the secret why you could not receive any large sum of money through Bank
to Bank Transfer is that USA Government no longer permit large sum of
money to come from African Countries due to current trend of Terrorist
activities and money Laundering, therefore anybody telling you he will pay
you large sum of money is only
fooling you.

In case you want to commence receiving your daily payment of $4800 from
tomorrow, then reply this mail today, and kindly let us know if you are
also interested on receiving your money through ATM MASTER CARD, ONLINE
BANKING SYSTEM and Through Diplomat Home delivery .

Your Full Name
Your Contact Address
Your Direct telephone.

Dr. Martins Ekeh
Payment Supervisor
National Assembly
Abuja Nigeria
Private Number: +234-1-820-6158

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