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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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Fraud email example:

From: "FROM INTERNATIONAL POLICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <nyc.interpol.office3@usa.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:29:52 +0100
Subject: FROM INTERNATIONAL POLICE AUTHORITY UNITED STATES SECTION (INTERPOL)

INTERNATIONAL POLICE AUTHORITY UNITED STATES SECTION (INTERPOL) Region No. 2 New York City P.O. Box 804 Knickerbocker Station New York City, New York 10002-0804 USA We, office of the international police authority (IPA) hereby write to inform you that we caught a diplomatic lady called Mrs. Vernon Wallace at (John F Kennedy International Airport) here in New York with a consignment box filed with United State Dollars. Meanwhile, base on our interview to the diplomat she said that the consignment box belongs to you, that she was sent by DR EDMOND JAMES to deliver the consignment box to your doorstep not knowing that the content of the box is money. The diplomat also said that her first transit in the state was at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Ohio. Now, the diplomat is under detention in the office of (IPA) security, and we cannot release her until we carry out our proper investigation on how this huge amount of money managed to be yours before we will release her with the box.. So, in this regards you are to reassure and prove to us that the money you are about to receive is legal by sending us the Award Ownership Certificate showing that the money is not illegal. Note, that the Award Ownership Certificate must to be secured from the office of the senate president in Nigeria, because that is the only office that will issue you the original Award Ownership Certificate of this funds, this is because the fund originated from Nigeria You are advised to forward immediately the Award Ownership Certificate if you have it with you, but if you did not have it we will urge you to contact back the sender of the diplomat to help you secure the Award Ownership Certificate if at all you do not have it. Below is the contact information of the person that sent the diplomat: Name: DR EDMOND JAMES Email: dredmondjames001@consultant.com Furthermore, we are giving you only but 3 working business days to forward the requested Award Ownership Certificate. Please note that we shall get back to you after the 3 working business days, that if you didnít come up with the certificate we shall confiscate the funds into World Bank account then charge you for money laundering, but if you forward the Award Ownership Certificate then we will release diplomat with your consignment box also gives you every back up on the money. Thanks for your understanding and co-operation Yours Truly, I.P.A REGION NO:2 DCP. DOUGLAS H. KING (INTERPOL) CC: DR EDMOND JAMES Cc: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI). CC: CIA CC: Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. David V. Aguilar. CBP Headquarters 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Room 3.4A Washington, DC 20229

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