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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: anti unit <>
Reply-To: anti unit <>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:34:12 +0000 (UTC)

ICPC NIGERIA(Anti-Fraud Unit)  
Head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue
Zone A9 Central Area Garki Abuja. 
P. M.B 535, TEL : +234 8036565253EMAIL; (
Attention;                                                                   LETTER OF  COMPENSATION/SETTLEMENT   We herebyinform you that out of our records for the year investigation it is drawn to usthat you have been victimized by the men of underworld(419ers/impostors). However,the management has been dutifully empowered by the Investigation bureau officeof the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria to curb all illicittransaction and workload of this perpetrator. In linewith the Anti-corruption crusade of the President Goodluck Jonathan(GCFR)you are by this email notification to stop any contact regarding to yourillegal transaction with this international fraudsters called in Nigeria 419ers.Out ofour findings there is no any inheritance, Contract and Lottery payment in yourfavor or name in Nigeriaand the image of this country has been dented internationally during the pastadministration of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Presently,we have employed a strategy to remit sanity and vow to terminate the activityof this fraudsters by consolidating our security Network all over the countryin view to monitor all outgoing and incoming communication to enable us fishout and avert all illegal and suspicious transaction both domestically andinternationally respectively. Moreover,it occurs that some of our Financial Institutions (Bank) serve as a Condit pipeby which this fraudsters use to perpetrate the undo crime. We have signal allthese financial institutions to implement scrutinized investigation before carryingany transaction any bank found culpable of breaching the law must have theiroperational license revoke. Inaccordance with the criminal and other related offense  act 25 of 1999constitution we have been officially compel by Senator. A. Aminu(JP), ChairmanSenate committee on Foreign Affair to mapped out billions of Dollars from theAnnual Budget to compensate all defrauded victims as part of the ongoingNational Reform Scheme of the president , By the strength of this developmentthe sum of US$5.Million United States Dollars (USD$5,000,000.00) has beenSIGNED to each beneficiaries as compensation, so  you will be receiving theabove mentioned compensation fund without fee.  Be inform from this day  thatif we find out  through security agency  that you are  still inemail and telephone communication with this criminals  your compensationpayment  will discard and terminated and you will report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for questioning your transaction ,Kindly send your address where weshall send the   original documents of your   compensationby courier to you as it has approved     1. Your Full Name: 2. Your Residential Address: 3. Telephone Number  (cell )For more details on receipt of thismail contact this office. Await for your reply Thanks for your anticipatedcooperation in this regards.   Yours Faithfully.
Hon. Justice E. Ayoola
Chairman ICPC Nigeria. 
(Independent Corrupt Practice Commission, ICPC) 

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