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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: White Williams <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 05:35:19 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Letter From Mrs Waziri




The Federal Government of Nigeria through provisions
in Section 419 of the Criminal Code came up with punitive measures to
deter and punish offenders. The Advance Fee Fraud section deal mainly
with cases of advance fee fraud (commonly called 419) such as obtaining
by false pretence through different fraudulent schemes e.g. contract
scam, credit card scam, inheritance scam, job scam, loan scam, lottery
scam, wash scam (money washing scam), marriage scam. Immigration
scam, counterfeiting and religious scam. It also investigates cyber
crime cases. This is to officially announce to you that some scam
Syndicates were apprehended in Lagos, Nigeria few days 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.

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 amongst those that
have sent money through Western Union Money Transfer to Nigeria and this
proves that you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous persons
by sending money to them in the course of getting one fund or the other
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 scammers 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 Two hundred thousand US
Dollars ((US$200,000.00) 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. We have deposited your fund at Western Union Money Transfer
agent location EMS Post office Lagos, Nigeria. We have submitted your
details to them so that your fund can be transferred to you.Contact the
Western Union agent office through the email address stated below about
this notification letter and the transfer of your fund;




Contact  Alex  Benjamin
Total Claim (US$200,000.00)

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Waziri on Behalf of Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde

Assistant Investigation Officer.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.Nigeria

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note that some fraudsters are claiming to be Directors or staffs 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
criminal 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 your self from all correspondence and transactions entered
into based on evidently fraudulent and fictitious claims.

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Conditions. Copy available on request.
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