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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.James Eke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:30:57 +0100
Subject: Your urgent respond is need today

Office of the Chief Auditor to the President,
International Credit Settlement

Attention: ", "

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract /inheritance file and found out that why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment.
Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank your entire attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like this has to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem.

Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific, that is the latest instruction from Mr. President,Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria .

This card center will send you an ATM CARD, which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is one thousand, five hundred United States Dollars per day. So if you like to receive your fund furnish without delay your contact information listed below,

(1)Your Full Name: __________________________________________
(2)Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not P.O.BOX):
(3)Name of City of Residence:________________________________
(5)Mobile Number/Direct Telephone Number:___________________Fax Number:______________
(7)Working Identity Card/Int'l Passport:___________,

The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out $8,300,000.00(EIGHT MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) as part payment for this fiscal year 2013. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receive your payment.

Mr.James Eke

TEL: +2348133289570
OR +2348146727548

Chief Auditor to the president
Federal republic of Nigeria

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