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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: "Nigerian Centenary Committee (NCC)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:33:25 +0300

In order to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Nigeria's existence as a nation, the Federal Government of Nigeria has planned 12 months of celebration from February, 2013, to January, 2014. Furthermore, The Centenary Compensation is a Federal Government initiative intended to compensation to scammed beneficiary and has deposited the sum of $60,000.00USD (Sixty Thousand United States Dollars) for such victim found on our Data base through Western Union Payment and your first instalmental payment of $2,500.00USD has been release with the below information:

Sender: Reynold Thompson
M.T.C.N: 8987134189
Amount: 2,500.00USD

Your email happens to be one of them that is why you where contacted by the Nigerian Centenary Committee (NCC). On contacting the department with your details your files would be updated and he will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in making payment of $285.00USD via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement.

Kindly read and understand that, you are advice to complete the below required details and forward it to us through the following e-mail address: ( for the processing and remitting of your prize money.

Please provide the below required information to enable us commence with the procession and payment of your compensation fund.

Full Name*:
Telephone Number*:

If you have questions or need assistance, our team is here to help. call +234-706-545-1245.

Thanks for your understanding.

Mohammed Ali Alabbar,
Secretary: Compensation Committee
Nigerian Centenary Lottery Committee

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