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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:

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:31:14 +0000 (UTC)

Former Economic and Financial CrimeEX-Economic & Financial Crime-Commission (EFCC) Boss101 West 8th Ave.Spokane, WA 99204-USA.Phone: (509) 671-9132Date: 11/24/ 2014CONFESSING MY SINS:

This is to alert you that we were contacted by the Management of Ecobank the paying Bank this day November 24th,2014 regards your inability to adhere/comply with modalities needed for the claim of  Compensation fund valued $750,000.00 left with this Bank on your behalf by my sick wife Mrs. Farida M. Waziri for conspiracy & evil deeds towards you while in power as the Nigeria Economic & Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
According to the Bank spokesperson Dr. Nelson John the Bank (ECOBANK PLC) is to terminate all pending payment file with them due to upgrading exercise the Bank is currently undergoing hence the Bank cannot be held responsible for any lost of fund or counter claim. However, we were made to understand that your payment file also fell into the category to be shortlisted if urgent action is not taking.
Although it was strange to know that your fund is still left unclaimed till this time even though I was able to persuade Dr. Nelson John for 2/days grace to get in touch with you as to ascertain why you left the fund unclaimed and probably give them a go ahead order to proceed with the cancellation exercise in-case if observed that you have forfeited the $750,000.00 Compensation fund. 
Your urgent response is highly needed.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Benjamin O. Waziri for my wife>
Mrs. Farida Mzaber Waziri,Former Nigeria (EFCC) Boss.

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