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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: "Office Of The Presidency" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 07:14:04 -0500
Subject: Fund Release ( Confirm Receipt ).

External Review Committee on Debt.
International Credit Settlement Dept.
ATTN: Beneficiary
We wish to inform you by the special adviser to the President on foriegn debt matters and the Public Bureau of Enterprise(PBE).
Under the instruction of the United Nations and World bank to credit your account with your compensation funds allocated in your name to the tune of US$2,000.000 Million (Two Million united states dollars) from their reserve accounts with us.This development is as a result of all effected scam victim and all Inheritance/contract victims in Nigeria and all over the world, For the demage this must have cause them
You are hereby finally advised to stop all further communications with any agents, group of people or any Government bodies in respect of your payment. Your compensation funds has be scheduled to be paid to you through a carefully plan via cash Delivery System or Automated Teller Machine Card, this system will be easier for you and for us. We are going to send  payment of US$800,Thousand Dollars to you.But if you wish other method of payment do inform us as soon as you receive this email
The presidency have resolved for the option to pay you through a fully loaded International Visa ATM card or otherwise. In this arrangement The Visa card is ready with your outstanding fund value and will be dispatched with all relevant access information to enable you withdraw cash from any ATM machine of your choice, this option is strictly for this purpose to avoid question or disagreement between you and the financial authorities.
Do Re-confirm your full detail to this respect immediately
1. Full Name (As Stated in your ID)
2. Contact Address
3. Telephone/Fax number
4.  Current Occupation
5. Nationality:
6. Age/Sex
Yours faithfully,
Dr. Larry Johnson By Order Of
Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan.
President And Commander in Chief Of The Armed Forces Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria

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