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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: "Hon. Barr. BAKO ABDULLAHI"
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:42:51 +0100

ICPC NIGERIA (Anti-Fraud Unit)
Head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue
Zone A9 Central Area Garki Abuja.
P. M.B 535,
TEL : +234 8036565253



We hereby inform you that out of our records for the year
investigation it is drawn to us that you have been victimized by the
men of underworld(419ers/impostors).
However, the management has been dutifully empowered by the
Investigation bureau office of the President and Commander-in-chief of
the Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria to curb all illicit
transaction and workload of this perpetrator.
In line with the Anti-corruption crusade of the President Goodluck
Jonathan (GCFR)you are by this email notification to stop any contact
regarding to your illegal transaction with this international
fraudsters called in Nigeria 419ers.
Out of our findings there is no any inheritance, Contract and Lottery
payment in your favor or name in Nigeria and the image of this country
has been dented internationally during the past administration of the
Federal Government of Nigeria.
Presently, we have employed a strategy to remit sanity and vow to
terminate the activity of this fraudsters by consolidating our
security Network all over the country in view to monitor all outgoing
and incoming communication to enable us fish out and avert all illegal
and suspicious transaction both domestically and internationally
Moreover, it occurs that some of our Financial Institutions (Bank)
serve as a Condit pipe by which this fraudsters use to perpetrate the
undo crime. We have signal all these financial institutions to
implement scrutinized investigation before carrying any transaction
any bank found culpable of breaching the law must have their
operational license revoke.
In accordance with the criminal and other related offense act 25 of
1999 constitution we have been officially compel by Senator. A.
Aminu(JP), Chairman Senate committee on Foreign Affair to mapped out
billions of Dollars from the Annual Budget to compensate all defrauded
victims as part of the ongoing National Reform Scheme of the president ,
By the strength of this development the sum of US$5.Million United
States Dollars (USD$5,000,000.00) has been SIGNED to each
beneficiaries as compensation, so you will be receiving the above
mentioned compensation fund without fee.
Be inform from this day that if we find out through security agency
that you are still in email and telephone communication with this
criminals your compensation payment will discard and terminated and
you will report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for
questioning your transaction ,
Kindly send your address where we shall send the original documents
of your compensation by courier to you as it has approved

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Residential Address:
3. Telephone Number (cell )
For more details on receipt of this mail contact this office. Await
for your reply
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation in this regards.

Yours Faithfully.

Chairman ICPC Nigeria.
(Independent Corrupt Practice Commission, ICPC)

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