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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: "Ambassador terence p. Mcculley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:23:53 -0800
Subject: CALL ME ON Mobile number: +234-803-933-5845

United States ambassador to Nigeria
Ambassador Terence McCauley
Us ambassador consulate
Plot 1075, diplomatic drive,
Central business district

Mobile number: +234-803-933-5845

Attn: Benificiary

I shall be coming to your country for an official meeting and i will be bringing your funds of ($5,000,000:00) FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS along with me but this time i will not go through
customs because as an ambassador to nigeria, i am a us government agent and
i have the veto power to go through customs. As soon as i am through with
the meeting i shall then proceed to your address. (send your cell phone
number and the address where you want me to bring the package).

You have really paid so much in this delivery that makes me wonder. You are
a very lucky person because i shall be bringing it myself and there is
nothing anyone can do about it.

Your package ($5,000,000:00) FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES
draft} must be registered as an ambassadorial package for me to defeat all
odds and the cost of registering it is $250 USD the fee must be paid in the
next 48 hours via western union so that all necessary arrangement can be
made before time will be against us.

Send the fee via money gram or western union money transfer western union
money transfer payment information stated below:

Name -------------- NKIRUKA NGOBIDI
Address ----------- Lagos Nigeria
Text question------ COLOUR
Text answer ------- BLUE
Amount-------------- $250 USD

Please, if you know you will not or can not send the requested $250 USD,
please, dont bother replying this mail.

Mean while, send details below

Telephone/mobile number:______________________

My trip will be by mid week and i expect you to comply before then so that
the delivery can be completed. If you do not comply, then it will not be my
fault if you do not receive your Consignment package.

As soon as you send the fee make sure you send me the payment information.

For security reason, kindly send the payment information below via sms to my
mobile phone number: +234-803-933-5845

Sender names-----------
Senders address--------


Ambassador Terence p. McCauley
Direct mobile number: +234-803-933-5845

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