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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: "(EFCC) Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:09:48 -0800

Economic And Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
Address: 180F/HD,  Awolowo Way, Victoria Island Lagos-Nigeria.
Branch: Plot 143 Ahmadu Way, Victoria Island Lagos-Nigeria.
Motto: No Body is Above the LAW
Official Private Hot Mobile: +234 (8129)-020-769
Date: 9th February, 2013
Attn: To whom it many Concern.
I wish to personally inform you that I have today deposited your ATM Master CARD worth ($950,000.00 USD) with Universal Courier Service (UCS). due to the fact that I shall be embarking on my annual leave that comes-up this ending of this month, And to avoid any form of Inconvenience the only fee left un-paid is the security safe keeping fee of ($295, 00 USD) I was told. You could even negotiate this with them whether is possible to pay off the token at point of delivery so you could have the privilege of withdrawing from the said ATM Debit Master Card to pay the charges, since you earlier complain of financial constrain.
Note: I would have offset this fee but the Courier Company refused based on the fact that they dont know how soon you will contact for the claim. Meanwhile for your Information the ATM Debit Master Card daily withdraw based on its programming system as been Informed by the paying Bank are only but $2,500.00 USD until you have withdraw the total sum, and the Secret Private Pin code Is (4762).
Here is the Depositing Info: Shipment Code: FED/00987-887641, Parcel Number: 9972201 -003, Reference releases No, 544261. For security reasons you are to contact them Immediately with the below stated informations to enable them know that you are the true beneficiary to this deposited ATM Master Card and proceed with the Shipment to your designated address.
1. Full Names:....
2. Located Address:....
3. Phone Number:.......
In the below is the UCS Delivery Service contact details to avoid any form of Mistake.
Universal Courier Service (UCS)
Manager Name: Mr. Philips E. Anderson
Contact: Address: Head Office: Plot GK-570 International Airport Rd, Nigeria
Branch, Plot 39, Ahmed Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria
Note: In any case you which to establish any problem, reply direct to my personal Assistance Name: Mr. Anthony Williams e-mail box:
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde
Executive/Chairman (EFCC)

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