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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: "Dr Lamido Sanusi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2013 22:43:16 -0800
Subject: Fund Delivering

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>From Dr Lamido Sanusi
Central. Bank Of Nigeria.
I am Dr Lamido Sanusi. The Executive Governor, Central. Bank Of Nigeria. I
decided to contact you because of the prevailing security report reaching my
office and the intense nature of politics in Nigeria.
This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash
delivery.This system will be easier for you and for us. We are going to send
contract part payment of US$10. Million to you via diplomatic courier
Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed
with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was brought to
us from America.
But since the money was not used, I will use my position as the Executive
Governor,Central. Bank Of Nigeria. to send this fund to you.
The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to
your house address. All you need to do now Is to send to me your full house
address and your identity such as, international passport or drivers license
including your contact phone numbers, The Diplomat will make use of your
information to identify you and as a receiver. He will call you immediately
he arrives your country's airport. I hope you understand me.
Note: The diplomatic does not know the original contents of the boxes. What
l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Material.
I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and ask you the
contents please tell them the same thing Ok.
Call me on my direct mobile: +234-817-070-3645. and will let you know how far
I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the Diplomatic immunity
clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a
diplomatic consignment.
This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world
without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements
to me immediately you receive this message.
Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to be delivered as
soon as we hear from you. Call me immediately you receive this message.
Best Regards,
Dr Lamido Sanusi
Central. Bank Of Nigeria (Governor)

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