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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: "Office of the President" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:22:01 +0100
Subject: Fund(Confirm Receipt)

Attn:Valued Beneficiary
I am directed to contact by the special adviser to the President on foriegn debt matters and the Public Bureau of Enterprise(PBE). You are contacted because of the prevailing security report and the intense nature of polity in Nigeria.We wish to inform all beneficiary whose name was in our file as contractor or as a next if kin that your overdue payment of  has be scheduled to be paid to you through a carefully plan via cash Delivery System or Automated Teller Machine Card, this system will be easier for you and for us. We are going to send  payment of US$5.5 Million to you.But if you wish other method of payment do inform us as soon as you receive this email message.
The Budget has been made out for the payment since 2005 but the government has been delaying the process as stated below:Click on this link to see for yourself:
The presidency have resolved for the option to pay you through a fully loaded International Visa ATM card or otherwise. In this arrangement The Visa card is ready with your outstanding fund value and will be dispatched with all relevant access information to enable you withdraw cash from any ATM machine of your choice and transfer to any account of your choice upon receipt, this option is strictly for this purpose to avoid question or disagreement between you and the financial authorities.
Do forward your full detail to this respect immediately to and do call him for more detailing:
Dr. Isaac Joseph
Direct Line:+234-807-696-1783. Office Line:+234-1-8949834
Yours faithfully,
Dr.Abba Johnson for
Dr. Anyim Pius Anyim
Secretary to the office of the President
Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan.President And Commander in Chief Of The Armed Forces Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria
-- DISCLAIMER: This electronic message together with any attachments is confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, do not copy, disclose or use the contents in any way. Please also advise us by return e-mail that you have received the message and then please destroy. The Presidency is not responsible for any changes made to this message and / or any attachments after sending by the Presidency.We use virus scanning software but exclude all liability for viruses or anything similar in this email or any attachment

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