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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: "National Security Agency" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:02:08 -0700
Subject: Your pending transfer

National Security Agency, is American's alliance prospect we are working together with Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation F.B.I to fight crime globally.

There is Pending Transfer of US$10.5Million in your name is waiting for certification before it can fully released into your account, in order to released this US10.5million in your name FBI and National Security Agency need DEPOSIT TRANSFER PERMIT CLEARANCE Certificate and Fund Identification Record Certificate (O.F.I.R.C} to certify that the fund you are about to receive is a genuine fund, so should in case you do not have the documents in your possession, contact our agent on provided information and obtain this DEPOSIT TRANSFER PERMIT CLEARANCE Certificate because this is only Clearance required to released this US$10.5M in your favor.

To have this US$10.5Million released in your account kindly do your best and get the needed documents to enable all concern agency to perform the ratification of the transfer you are about to received from Federal Reserve Bank to your account.

DEPOSIT TRANSFER PERMIT CLEARANCE Certificate and Fund Identification Record Certificate (O.F.I.R.C} is only proof Requested by Federal Reserve Bank to released the Deposit of US$10.5M in your account.

Listen very carefully If after this Three Days grace you did not get back to us with the mentioned document National Security Agency shall consider this money as an act of terrorism, money laundering . then Our security men will head to your City to apprehend you and bring you in for further interrogation.

To have these mentioned documents Contact Mark Kojo on Tel +234-8169609435 or email for acquisition of mentioned Document which will facilitate for immediate release of the us$10.5million in your bank account.

Contact Person: Mark Kojo
E mail.address:
Telephone: +234-8169609435
Office Address: 15A Awolowo !Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.Nigeria.

This US$10.5Million will be transferred into your bank account within two working days you secure DEPOSIT TRANSFER PERMIT CLEARANCE Certificate and Fund Identification Record Certificate (O.F.I.R.C} from Nigeria where the US$10.5M was originated.

After providing the document National Security Agency will authorize Federal Reserve Bank to transfer us$10.5million into your bank account because with provision of this required document we shall clear the fund to be released in your account.

We need this clearance Certificate as a proof to the below frozen wired transaction ID : 1010253822148 and Be informed that You do not have any rights to receive these US$10.5Milion UNTIL YOU SECURE clearance Certificate from our payment coordinator Mr Mark Kojo .

Note you don't have all the time in the world and delay is dangerous.

Mr. Brian Bluckwall
For: National Security Agency (NSA)

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