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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: "JAMES F. ENTWISTLE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <uambas@yahoo.es>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:28:13 +0100
Subject: RE.

 
US EMBASSY, ABUJA
PLOT 1075 DIPLOMATIC DRIVE
CENTRAL DISTRICT AREA, ABUJA NIGERIA
WEB SITE:HTTP://NIGERIA.USEMBASSY.GOV
RE-YOUR COMPENSATION FUND IN THE TUNE OF USD5,000,000.00.
 
ATTENTION:BENEFACTOR.
 
I AM AMBASSADOR JAMES F. ENTWISTLE, UNITED STATE AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA,JUST IN CASE YOU DONíT KNOW ME, I WANT YOU TO CLICK THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ME: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html
 
THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY HAS RESOLVED ON A DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO NIGERIA ON-BEHALF OF 100 SCAM VICTIMS TO BE COMPENSATED AFTER POLICE ARRESTED SOME FRAUDSTERS IN LAGOS NIGERIA WHO MENTIONED YOUR PARTICULARS AS ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCES.NOTE THAT AFTER MY MEETING WITH DR. GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND OTHER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS,WORLD BANK, UNITED NATIONS BUREAU OF ASSESSMENT, THEY AGREED TO PAY YOU USD5,000,000.00 (FIVE MILLION US AMERICAN DOLLARS ONLY) AS YOUR COMPENSATION.CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR NAME WERE AMONG THE LIST TO BE PAID
USD5M US DOLLARS COMPENSATION PAYMENT.SO RE-CONFIRM BELOW INFORMATION SO THAT THERE WILL BE NO  MISTAKE:
 
YOUR FULL NAME:
YOUR CURRENT HOUSE ADDRESS:
CURRENT DIRECT TELEPHONE:
OCCUPATION
AGE:
 
AS SOON AS I RECEIVE THE INFORMATION, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY.
 
CONGRATULATION ONCE AGAIN.
 
MY BEST REGARDS.
AMBASSADOR JAMES F. ENTWISTLE
UNITED STATE AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
TEL:+2347046036887
 

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