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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. Jonah Otunla" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:54:57 -0600

Office of the Chief Accountant General,
Federal Republic of Nigeria
National Secretariat
Secretariate Building, Phase 2
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr. Jonah Otunla, the Chief Accountant General of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria. Your detail was forwarded to my office by the
United Nations Internet Monitorring Team responsible for monitorring
internet activities for the United Nations.

The only way Nigeria can clean itself up its mess, and also restore
lost image is to be committed to diversified development of not only
our nation but also our citizens, and offcourse creating room for
diversity and proper management of our economy, and also extending our
love and care to foreigners all over the world who might have fallen
victim of scam perpetrated by Nigerians or their counterparts in other
parts of the world.

Nigerians are very good people, hard working, freindly and
resourceful, but just less than 1% of its 160 million population is
engaged in scam/fraudulent activities. We therefore implore friends,
business men, companies and governmental organizations all over the
world to understand that every Nigerian is not a scam artist. Due to
series of petitions received from scam victims the world over, and in
our fight to create good relationship with our foreign friends at all
levels so that we can restore our lost image, my office and the United
Nations have deliberated for the past 9 months agreeing on possible
means of compensating foreigners who have fallen victim of scam in the
hands of Nigerian scam artists or their international counterparts in
Asia, Europe, Latin America and many other parts of Africa.

Our meetings with the United Nations in affiliation with the Central
Bank of Nigeria regarding these painful issue ended on the 1st of this
month, and we have decided to compensate sellected fraud victims
across the globe with a payment of US$500,000.00 each for those who
have fallen victim of any kind of scam in the past, foreign
contractors and inheritors that could not receive their contract or
inheritance payments, foreigners with unfinished transactions or
international businesses that failed due to strict Government
policies, those whose bank account was hacked, apartment scam etc. We
hereby bring to your notice that you are lucky to be one of those
selected for payment by the United Nations for December 2013, and we
hereby advise that you acknowledge receipt of this email so that we
can give you further details and process your total compensation
payment of US$500,000.00 and get the Central Bank of Nigeria disburse
your payment to you.

This program will help you recover from your past ordeal, and we
assure you that as soon as you acknowledge this email, we will guide
you and expedite the necessary
process required to disburse your payment to you. The present scam
victim's payment programm is similar to the United Nations
compensation of victims of Iraqi's unlawful invasion and occupation of
Kuwait on the 2nd of August, 1990. Please feel free to get back to us
so you can receive your payment as soon as possible.


Best Regards,
Mr. Jonah Otunla.
Chief Accountant General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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