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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 THE PRESIDENCY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:07:11 -0800

Attn: Beneficiary
With due respect we extend this circular to you based on the conclution of the recent pact held in Abuja Federal Capital, the entire members of the Federal House of Senate, the office of the Presidency, European Representative, United Nation Sec (Gen) on behalf the Federal Republic of Nigeria Government under the auspices of the Civilian Head of State DR.GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN , have unanimously approved the under listed THIRTY-TWO (32) contractor's payment with immediate effect.
All effort is being put into practice to chastise all our corrupt officials who did project us and represent the country as scam before other continents and also the extortion of money from the contractors by people who claim to be working for the Government/Bank imposters. This is in a bid to uphold and maintain our International reputation and promise to the United Nation, OPEC, ECOWAS and the rest of the International Organzation.We the entire member of the Federal House of Senate have plead for your forgiveness and for you to revert your distrust upon the entire arms of the government and Nigeria as a body.
Sequel to the above, we advice you to contact Mrs. Joy Eze, the Access Bank Plc on his direct telephone number and open access phone number or better still email her as soon as you get this message, and send copy to us.
Contact Person:
Mrs. Joy Eze
Tel: +234-7056126604
Your fund is ready for transfer, and note very carefully that the GOVERNMENT HAS DEDUCTED ALL THE TAXES AND CHARGES FROM YOUR CONTRACT SUM. YOU WILL ONLY TAKE CARE OF YOUR PERMISSION TO TRANSFER FUND FEE (PTF) AND YOUR FUND WILL BE WIRED DIRECT TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY OR STOP FROM ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD,please if you are not ready to make the payment, do not contact him, this is for the people who really want to receive their overdue fund, so uninterested person should not contact him to avoid embrassment.
You are adviced to comply with the Access Bank Plc Mrs. Joy Eze instruction as we have authorized him to pay the ten (10) contractor's through Nigeria Oil Consolidated Reserve Trust Account without problem or delay. Any other person or official contacting you in regards to your contract fund is SCAM. You are to report such case to FBI Headquarter Washington or Nigeria EFCC for proper investigation.
Please, on the receipt of your full outstanding amount, we request that you contact the Office of the IMF/World Bank informing them that you have been paid, for this will help change our image before the world and international community.
For your own interest, your Contract File Payment No is: FGN/FMB/DBA/X-05.
Chief Pius Anyim Pius
Sec to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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