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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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Fraud email example:

From: "James F.Entwistle" <>
Reply-To: "James F.Entwistle" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:12:29 +0000 (UTC)


U.S. Embassy in Republic Of Nigeria. We write to notify you that U.S. Embassy here in Nigeria has inter-vain in your case due your total sum of $4.8millions, Inheritance fund owning you in Africa. We are here to represent and protect the legal interest of every American and any others Country like UK and Asia that involved in such businesses of every Foreigner and  especially to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member  Country Citizens domiciled here in Nigeria Republic.This site  contains information on the United States of America and the Republic of Nigeria. It provides pages on the bilateral relationship between the two Countries,as well as on foreign policy,economic affairs,domestic issues,and U.S.society and values.The various sections of the Embassy work together as a team to address the goals of the Mission.

We write to inform you of the breaking  news about your Inheritance fund of ($4.8millions USD) which you have  been expecting sending money for so longer, without a good result up to  date, even many of them contacted you in form of Western Union Department or Money Gram stated your fund was with them, from the financial regulatory bodies of this Country, from their report I gathered that your Inheritance fund which was scheduled to have been remitted to your destination point by some corrupt officials with intention of on asking you to pay endless money.However, I went to Nigeria International Criminal Organization after USA Embassy Board of Directors for investigation, and in their bid to launch a full scale investigation into the saga, they found out that the reason why you were swindled in the past and still not been able to receive your expected fund till date was because you were dealing with the wrong people without involved USA Embassy  Representative, unscrupulous elements, and impostors that were impersonating.

 Further more,USA Embassy have took the  chance to an emergency meeting with the Government of Nigeria Republic, and it was resolved that you shall be receiving $4.800,000,00, we have  summon the amalgamated union governing all the official office stores in this Country and their MD referred your fund to step aside that we will handle your payment total sum of $4.800,000,00,by yourself,so,it better for you to stopped communicate with any other office here in Nigeria Republic,because,if you did is for your own risk.Though the Claim Fund Origin certificate charges that What you were supposed to pay was initially on the high price but has been cut down to $90 by the USA Embassy in Nigeria Republic as part of our corporate social responsibility to considering the poor economic situations that make it difficult for the middle class citizens to meet up with the Claim Fund Origin of their entitlement.

Note that the $90 is the only money that you shall pay to OCHEI SAMUEL M. before they shall start program the payment details that shall enable you have access of your $4.800,000,00, Note that the $90 is compulsory for you to pay as it was agreed in  the meeting that you have to pay the $90 which will serve as  re-confirmation to your original file,meanwhile you are advising to reconfirm the below information to us avoid mistaking.

1. Your Full Name: _________2. Your Direct Cell No: _________3. Your Home Address: _________4. Your City: _________5. Your ID: _________

Note that you are expected to pay only  $90 for re-confirmation of your file and you are to pay it to Western  union or Money Gram here in Nigeria Republic as the origination of the  Fund in the favor of  OCHEI SAMUEL M. Send the $90 through with the information below for reconfirmation of your file that will enhance the release of your Fund,

Receivers: _________OCHEI SAMUEL M.
City: _________ABUJA NIGERIA
Test Question: _________In GOD
Answer: _________We Trust
Amount: _________$90
Sender s name: _________

Once you send the money, try to notify us with the MTCN for easy pick up and for immediate action on the release of your $4.800,000,00, and your subsequent payments. Note that any unclaimed funds will be return to the Government of Nigeria after 10days. So you are urgently advised to comply with our directives so that you shall receive your fund without stress again.Thank you
James F.Entwistle

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