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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: "Mr.Stephen Nathanael" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Stephen Nathanael" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:33:43 +0000 (UTC)

 Attention: My Dear,

The Board of Federal Ministry Of Finance Republic of Nigeria, Are here to notify you of your payment inherited funds of $2.500,000 millions US dollars directed in cash credited to file ktu/9023118308/04 after the meeting held on 19/11/2014. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA DR.GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN. Has instructed this Department to send your funds through western union money transfer for easier receive of your inherited funds without any further delay. To avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the global. You are required to send your name and address were you want your fund to be send through western union the maximum amount you will be receiving each day starting from tomorrow is the sum of $5,000.00. per day.

Re-confirm your information's bellow to avoid wrong transfer.

1.Your full name......
2.Your home address......
3.Your current home telephone number.....
4.Your current office telephone.....
5.Your Country.......

As soon as this information is received you will start receiving your fund immediately, please use reference No: STH/UNO/WBO/MM-2014, File No:GT/55/1209SW. For our mutual convenience.

Please response to this mail address for proper identification: Contact them via.

Contact Director: Dr.Joe Williams.
Western Union Department.
Bank Of Africa Federal Republic Of Nigeria,
Tel Phone: +234-8141611353
E-mail: ( )

The selection process was carried out through our computerized email selection system from a database of over 200, email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

Mr.Stephen Nathanael.

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