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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:45:39 -0700
Subject: Your International Certified Cashiers Cheque/Bank Draft Is Ready For Pick Up By You The Beneficiary.

Federal Ministry Of Finance.
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Plot 8117,Ecowas Street,Maitama,

Attn: Funds Beneficiary.

Dear, Sir.

Re: Your International Certified Cashiers Cheque/Bank Draft Is Ready For Pick Up By You The Beneficiary.

Be officially informed that as the Finance Minister Federal Republic Of Nigeria i have earlier today being Thursday 24th July 2014 issued your International Certified Cashiers worth the sum of US$2.5Million (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which is your over due Contract/Inheritance Funds,your payment funds was drawn as International Certified Cashiers Cheque and Bank Draft because of the prevalent fraud associated in ATM Card/Wire transfer mode of payment hence you only need to receive your International Cashiers Cheque and deposit same with your bank for immediate Confirmations and clearance even if you don't have an account with the bank hence you will use the funds in the cheque to open up an account,your International cashiers cheque was drawn from the Nigeria Consolidated Oil Account with HSBC Bank in London ,United Kingdom cashiable within an hour over your bank counter upon presentations by you the beneficiary,because of insincerity by some Government Officials i have henceforth send your

Barrister, Jimoh Ibrahim.
Managing Director Nicon Insurance Corporations of Nigeria,Nicon.
Tel: 234-8090718221.

Forward to him your receiving home or office address where you want to him to courier your ready cashiers check to you in your country and send to him ONLY the sum of US$295 (Two Hundred And Ninety Five Dollars) which he will use to courier your parcel to you via FedEx courier company hence we have arrangement with them to that effect and that is why they charge the above sum which is below there normal cost and to enable you send it out immediately now that your cheque is ready,already Nicon Insurance has insured your parcel as i instructed them including all the Clearance Documents that will cover your Cashiers Check,to avoid scam again the amount you will send to Jimoh Ibrahim is just the delivery fees which is the sum of US$295 ONLY hence i have given him a stern instructions to return every unclaimed cashiers check if you fail to send the courier fees to him for your shipment,call him on phone as soon as you receive this email and furnish him with your address and the US$295 (Two Hundred And Ninety Five

Do update my office as soon as you have confirmed your cashiers cheque and if you have any questions feel free to contact me as well but be rest assured that your funds is now ready with the cheque i have already written out in your name to the tune of US$2.5Million ONLY.


Dr.Mrs.Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
Finance Minister,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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