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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: "ATTORNEY EDWARD JONES" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:46:40 -0700

Attention: Sir/Madam
I am EDWARD JONES, Chairman Debt Reconciliation Committee of the office of the presidency, I have been directed by His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (DR. GOODLUCK JONATHAN), SFF, GCRF), to bring to your immediate notice and urgent attention that this new Government understand your plight, the huge amount of money you have spent and all the disappointments you have suffered in the past to get your contract fund paid to you. Due to what we described as selective payment and incessant demand of excessive fee by some unscrupulous and corrupt erstwhile officials in charge of foreign contract payment in the past.
However, upon assumption of office by this Democratic Elected Government, series of special meeting were held home and abroad with some leaders of the World Monetary Institution e.g. World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Paris and London Club of Creditors, European Economic Community ( E .E. C.)  And envoys of our Correspondence International Bank of Settlement Worldwide affiliated with the Central Bank of Nigeria. The purpose of this special meeting is to (i) rebuild Nigeria Economy (ii) pay all Foreign Debts. In this regards, and due to the good and positive results we receive from this special meeting a Total sum of US$2.3 Billion U.S. Dollars have been approved from the supplementary Budget Bill which was approved by the Upper House of assembly recently to pay all foreign Contractors whose payment have been hanging since 1989. In order to show the World that Nigerian is a truly Democratic and Transparent Government, this New Government has decided to give all Foreign Contractors 100% a
The Government of Nigeria inaugurated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the full guidance of the World Bank Group who is to check the progress of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and see to it that every Contractor receive his/her money immediately the Contractor has contacted the (CBN) and the (CBN) have been empowered to effect all payments previously approved by the past Regimes/Administrations which their payment were not affected.
This morning a Telex Signal attached with a Presidential Instruction Stamped and Signed by the President have being sent to Director Federal Ministry of Finance for the immediate release of your contract sum and you are therefore advice to respond to this email with your personal information.
1. Your full name:
2. Direct Phone number, Mobile and Home Telephone:
3. Address, where you want the ATM Card to be sent:
4. Your age and current occupation:
5. Any form of Identification:
Note that The President have not appoint any Financial Institutions or office to transfer your payment, so I will advise you to stop every communication you have with any person or group of persons if you donít want to end up losing your money to fraudsters.
We shall issue you a payment approval Notice Form with Certificate of Ownership and direct you to the right office in charge of your payment, so kindly reconfirm the above information to this office if you are willing to receive your long outstanding payment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,

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