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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: FBI Director Robert Mueller <>
Reply-To: FBI Director Robert Mueller <>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:33:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
Seattle, Washington.
Telephone Number : (202) 278-2000
Fax: (202) 278-2478
DATE: 7/10/2014

Dear Beneficiary,   
This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $4.5 million  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 a Certified Cashier's Check.
Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed 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 your country so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $4.5 million USD has been deposited with any bank your country
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 at any bank your country you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Porto-Novo. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following -
(1) Deposit Fee's ( Fee's paid by the company for the deposit into an any bank your country which is -  bank your country )
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check )
(3) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address and this fee includes Insurance )
The total amount for everything is $195  We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $195 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at any bank your country 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 Broker of the Logistic Exploration this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge of the Logistic Exploration  ( Mr. Iyke Kadiri) via e-mail.  Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
 You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
Your Name__________
Your Home Address________
Your Country/City____________
Your Age/Sex______________
Zip Code __________
Your Direct Phone Number__________
Your Copy of Id Card_____________
Your occupation
You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $195 in order to immediately ship your prize of $4.5 million USD via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from any bank your country, 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 $195 ONLY to Mr. Iyke Kadiri via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $4.5 million we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $4,500 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner)...
Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security Branch Seal

FBI Director
Robert Mueller.
NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact  Mr. Iyke Kadiri contact information provided above and make the required payment of $195 to information in which he shall provide to you.

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