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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: "Rev Fr Ola Richard." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:10:11 -0800

Rev Fr Ola richard.
Central Bank of Nigeria.
Abuja, Nigeria.
We have received receive a payment credit instruction from the (United Nation/Federal Government of Nigeria) to credit your account with your full contract Inheritance funds from the Nigerian reserve account with our bank but we can not transfer this funds direct to your nominated bank account,because we are having a little problem with International Monetary Fund (IMF) so our method of payment is by Diplomatic Courier Service. (Delivery)
This is to inform you that your diplomat has arrived with your cash consignment box value 7 million dollars in Ohare International Airport Chicago  USA. as their transit.I want you to know that you have 24 hours to call him now 940-603-1718 or E-mail  then ask to speak to the diplomatic in person of Mr.Teik Seng in the United States, let us know if you are still interested to get your consignment delivery to you today? as they have been waiting to hear from you to help them complete this delivery to you.
right now the diplomatic have arrival at Chicago in United State with your consignment box call them now to help them pay for clearance of your package as soon as he get to your are to call him with this number 940-603-1718 and ask to speak with the diplomatic in person Mr.Teik Seng or contact him through this email  He is a United Nation Diplomat Good in  delivery shipment of this nature call him and get back to me.
Note,that you must call me as soon as you receive this email for more discussion, my direct line +2348182797655 .Also reconfirm your full current address and valid phone number to the Diplomatic once you receive this email to enable him to deliver your cash consignment to you without any further delay or mistake.
I appreciate your good sympathetic and collaboration, Hope hearing from you swiftly.
Rev Fr Ola Richard.

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