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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: "Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2013 21:50:20 -0500
Subject: Economic And Financial Crime Commission(EFCC)..

Economic And Financial Crime Commission(EFCC)
No. 5, Fomella Street , Off Adetokunbo
Ademola Crescent , Wuse II, Abuja , Nigeria.
MOBILE NUMBER: (+234) 8088656777.
Email Address:

Attention Beneficiary,

My name is Ibrahim Lamorde, I am the new acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria, this commission is saddled with the responsibility of fighting corruption in all spheres of Nigeria, this includes petty acts of stealing by tricks, bribery and corruption, money laundering and other financial vices, until a few days ago, my predecessor Mrs. Farida Waziri was involved in some of these crimes, she either turned a blind eye to it or took a percentage of the proceeds, hence her sack, and she is currently being investigated.

On my assumption of office, I have been given the daunting task of cleaning up the mess made my former boss Farida Waziri, and to bring back the glory to this office. In the cause of my investigations it was brought before me that you were to be paid some compensation/Inheritance/
lottery and investment funds which until now you have not received due to certain documents which you were told to procure, let me take this opportunity to inform you that all you were told are false, and we know you lost so much money.

Therefore I have decided to help you to get your funds worth $2.5 Million Dollars once and for all. Furnish me with the following details so that I can instruct the paying Bank to immediately contact you, verify your true identity and release your funds.

Your Full Name:
Your Date Of Birth:
Your Telephone/Fax:
Your Address (P.O.BOX not acceptable):
Amount lost:

Also send me a list of payments you made and mode of payment with regards to this matter, as this shall be used as prosecuting evidence against Mrs. Farida Waziri as she is being brought up on charges. You can read up on Mrs. Waziri's sack on Nigerian dailies by clicking the links below: world-africa-15855916 11/23/breaking-news-efcc- chairman-farida-waziri-sacked/ index.php/front-page-news/ 31753-why-farida-waziri-was- sacked-lamorde-takes-charge- holds-meeting-with-ex-efcc- boss php?option=com_k2&view=item& id=812:farida-waziri-sacked- lamorde-now-efcc-boss&Itemid= 120
http://www.informationnigeria. org/2011/11/ibrahim-lamorde- appointed-acting-efcc-boss. html

You also have to note that you have two options to receive your funds by Delivery Company Or Bank to Bank Transfer please let us know as you reply to this email.

And also bear in mind that if you prefer the Delivery Company to Deliver to you your Funds then it will cost you the sum of $350usd and the Bank to Bank transfer will cost you the sum of $850usd to open an online Account with any of the Bank here.

I await your immediate response.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC

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