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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: "DR.ERNEST EBI" <>
Reply-To: "DR.ERNEST EBI" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:02:02 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Sir or Madam

Confirm receipt of your US$8.5 million payment Foreign Reserve Escrow Account Office
Lagos, Nigeria

Dear Sir or Madam

This is to bring to your notice that this office has taken over all the money  transaction originating from all debts
owed by African countries as Contract Payment, Fund Inheritance or Lottery Winning due to inability of other
financial Institutions and Security companies in releasing such funds due to Fraud, Terrorism and Money Laundry
activities going on in the global world .

The UNITED NATIONS has Mandated Foreign Reserve Escrow Account office to release funds to beneficiaries through
our Correspondence Bank and we have collected some payments files from these other banks hence this information to you.
We discovered that some of these beneficiaries are not aware of these payment hence some officials are trading in
international stocks with  the funds. All the atm-cash issued out without the consent of this office has been blocked therefore any payment you are making in this regard is on your risk.

For details on how to receive your funds, you are required to  re-confirm the following information:-

1. Full Name:
2. Your address
3. Telephone including cell-phone:
4. Country

Thanking you for Your Cooperation.

Yours Faithfully,

Director,Reserve Escrow Account Office
Central Bank

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