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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: k ezeudo <>
Reply-To: k ezeudo <>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:49:18 +0000 (UTC)


Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J.Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C. 20535-0001


We sincerely apologized for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, post-mail, phone or face -to- face
conversation,it is due to the urgency.

This e-mail has been issued to you in order to officially inform you that we Have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which
was Issued to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of our Newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network System)
we Discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting System, this has legally won you the sum of $2.8million
USD  from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America during our Investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an
Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT.

Normally, it will take up to 3 to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT by your local bank We have successfully notified
this company on Your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within  the World winded, so as to enable you cash the check
instantly without any Delay, henceforth the stated amount of $2.8million USD has been  deposited With International Monetary Fund(IMF).

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive The winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to
be Safe  and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited with  IMF You will be required to settle the following bills
directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction that is located in COTONOU, BENIN REPUBLIC According to our discoveries, you
were required to pay for the Following,

(2) Shipping Fee's (This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Cheque to your home address)

The total amount for everything is $135 we have tried our possible best to Indicate that this $135 should be deducted from your winning prize
but we Found out that the funds have already been deposited to the IMF and cannot be Accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will
be required To pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction.

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact The agent in-charge (Mr.James Brown) via e-mail Kindly look below
to find Appropriate contact information:



Direct Phone : +229 991 23970

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:



You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on How to send the required $135 in order to immediately ship
your prize of $2.8million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also Include the following transaction code in order for him to
immediately Identify this transaction: EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is Authorizing you to pay the required $135 ONLY to Mr.James Brown via
Information in which he shall send to you,


Yours in Service,

Federal Bureau of Investigation  Director (F B I)
Mr. James B.Comey.

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