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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: Francis Enekorogha <>
Reply-To: Francis Enekorogha <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:44:41 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Highly Urgent Respose Needed

Siege Social: 92, Av. du Pape Jean Paul11-01 B.P 215 RP.Cotonuo-Benin. Tel: +229 68 77 25 75

Attention: Dear Sir/Madam,

This message is directed to you based on the letter we received from the United Nation Funds Agency (UNFA) and the G8 Summit Meeting that was held early this Year regarding to this Year’s (2014) review of the Global Financial Matters and Investigations by International Monetary Fund as observed by their Financial Intelligence Centre. It was revealed, that your email address is among the list of people who have never received any of their payments among lottery/inheritance funds and victims who have lost a lot of money to scammers while trying to claim their funds.
This is the third time your payment file has come to my desk, and every time an executive order comes from the government ordering that your fund should be re-called back to the world band escrow account, without any genuine reason.
Meanwhile, our Payment Settlement System (PSS) has received another permanent Authority/Irrevocable Release/Unconditional Payments Guarantee to pay you off your winning/inheritance funds via:
1.    Atm Master Card.
2.    Bank to Bank Transfer.
To issue out the fund, you are therefore advised to contact Mr. Sebastian Ikpoza of Fidelity Bank Plc, this is because the United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and International Monetary Fund (IMF) has chosen him to payout your fund.
Kindly contact the Fidelity Bank Plc now with the below contact details for the release of your fund to you:
Contact: Mr. Sebastian Ikpoza       
Director Remittance Department
Contact Email: []
Direct office lines: +229 687-725-75
We are here advice you to indicate the method of payment which will be best to redeem your funds when contacting (Mr. Sebastian Ikpoza) and forward to him the following information as stated below:
1.    Your full name
2.    Country   
3.    Nationality
4.    Address
5.    Your age
6.    Occupation
7.    Cell/Mobile number
8.    Your account number were your fund will be transfer into
Note: you are advised to furnish Mr. Sebastian Ikpoza with your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid to you is $4.8Million (Four Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Us Dollars) Only.
We expect your Urgent Response to this email as to enable us monitor this payment effectively thereby making contact with Mr. Sebastian Ikpoza as directed to avoid further delay.
Thanks for your understanding as you follow the Instructions.
Yours in Services,
Francis Enekorogha
Public Information Officer

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