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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: Nigerian Police <>
Reply-To: Nigerian Police <>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:27:57 +0000 (UTC)



This message may come to you as a surprise but I will advise you to spend your busy time to go through my letter. My Name is Muhammed Abubakar, The Inspector General of Police (IG). In Federal Republic of Nigeria, a lot has been said about corruption and online theft so we set apart some time to investigate and look into this global disaster. Most of our previous leaders have tried to tackle this issue but ended up achieving nothing and creating more space for corruption, since I was elected as the Inspector General of Police of this great nation, I have faced the tough task which my predecessor could not achieve.

We have set up a committee within ourselves called National Rescue Team (NRT) whose mission is to eradicate corruption and wipe out scams all over Nigeria. We have gone through critical lanes to reach this measure and at least we are proud to arrest 35% of the Criminal Legends/sponsors, some of them have been jailed while some is here in our custody awaiting trials. These people have put a serious dent to the image of this country to an extent that all business and transaction done by foreign associates here must be properly verified and that is the only reason why we arose for the challenge to rescue the citizens and the image of this great nation.

Investigation is still on in various courier companies here and in different governmental departments and any office which is found guilty of this illegal act will be sued to the court as the Law demands. Though investigation has been carried in different banks all over this country and most of the suspected places where the criminal Lords have their office for their fraudulent practice has been raid while the operation is on. We recovered some stolen consignments, ATM card and Bank Draft/ Check belonging to foreigners which is due to dealing with the wrong office could not get to the right beneficiary rather they will choose to extort from your own personal income.

You happen to be one of them seriously linked with online fraud in Nigeria, we have traced a lot of things about you and find out that you are being robbed from day one till now by the Nigerian Imposters From fake US embassy to uncountable fake diplomats and fake Interpol with many order more. We cannot go on that but we advice you to reconfirm your bellow information so we can check if you are among the list of beneficiary which fund where recovered.

Full Name
Complete House address
Mobile Telephone number
Date of birth
Passport/drivers License

You can call (+2348089883750) (+2349095628400) or Email: ( so we can verify if you are among the beneficiary whose fund was rescue by the Nigerian Police office. Have a nice day till we hear from you.

Yours faithfully,

Inspector Muhammed Abubakar
Inspector General of Police
Lagos Nigeria

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