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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: goodluck jonathan <>
Reply-To: goodluck jonathan <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:33:36 +0000 (UTC)

Attn: ,
I crave your indulgence to read this mail, I am Goodluck Jonathan, chief executive director of INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC/Acct crediting officer in charge of unpaid foreign contract, lotto winning and inheritance fund, I write to acknowledge you that we received a release sign payment notification from the UN SECETRAY GENERAL AND FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF NIGERIA to release every outstand funds that has not been paid, and you ‘ve been legally contacted as one of the beneficiaries to re-confirm the items blow this mail to our corresponding bank In order to effect the release of your {$10.5 million} to you as was instructed via Electronic Wire Transfer to your account or a certify ATM MASTER CARD to you. Once we receive this following requirement from you below:
{1}. Your Full Name and Address:
{2}. Your Confidential Telephone and Fax Number for easier and
Faster communication:
{3). Your Bank name and address:
{4). Your A/c Name and Numbers:
(5). Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers:
Please do provide the above information accurately, because this office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or liability of funds credited into a ghost account. As soon as I here from you we shall switch into action of your long awaited fund crediting to your designated bank account with us as was instructed.
Looking forward to receive the required information for quick processmen,
Thank you

Contact E-mail ;
President Goodluck Jonathan
President Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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