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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. Phillip Oduoza." <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 05:50:18 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Federal Bureau Of Investigation, Washington, D.C

Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarter,
Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation, Washington, D.C.
Hedger Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C.


This e-mail has been issued to you in order to officially
inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment
in which was issued to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of
our newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network

we discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected
by an Online Balloting System, this has legally won you the sum of $6.4million
USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America . During our
investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online
Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via

Normally, it will take up to 5
business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT by your local bank. We
have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be
drawn from a registered bank within the worldwide, so as to enable you cash the
check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $6.4million
USD has been deposited with IMF.

We have completed this investigation and
you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the
entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds
have been deposited with IMF you will be required to settle the following bills
directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in
Cotonou, Benin Republic. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay
for the following,(1) Deposit Fee's ( IMF INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE )
(2) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your
home address).

The total amount for everything is $396.00 We have tried
our possible best to indicate that this $396.00 should be deducted from your
winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited to IMF
and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will
be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction
In order to proceed with this transaction,

You will be required to
contact the agent in-charge [Mr. Wanda William] via e-mail. Kindly look below to
find appropriate contact information:

[Mr. Wanda William]
E-MAIL : {}

You will be required to e-mail him with the following

You will also be required to request
Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $396.00 in order
to immediately ship your prize of $6.4million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED
BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include the following transaction code in order for
him to identify this transaction: [EA2948-910].

letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is
authorizing you to pay the required $396.00 ONLY to (Mr. Wanda William) via
information in which he shall send to you,

Mr. Robert Mueller
Bureau of Investigation.
Yours in Service,
Photograph of
Robert S. Mueller, III Robert S. Mueller,
III Director Office of
Public Affairs

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