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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: "Mr Ibrahim Lamorde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:45:14 -0800

ATTN I humbly believe that you are an educated person coupled with the fact that you know very much that Fraudsters are everywhere trying to defraud unsuspecting individuals of their hard earned money. l am IBRAHIM LAMORDE. CHAIRMAN Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. We came across your email address while going through the list of people that have recieved fraudulent mails from Nigerians. Per-adventure you fell victim to fraudsters[scammers],and we are looking for evidence from you so that we can get these people and prosecute to life imprisonment for tarnishing the image of our country and making the world an unbearable place. Hence,We implore you to take precautions.In addition, Stop replying any mails you suspect for the time been Forward every of their mails directly to this office,So that we can commence Investigation. We have arranged your compensation payment through our ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America,Africa and Asia Pacific,This is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.We will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your moneyvia ATM MACHINE in any part of the world,and the maximum daily limit is Ten Thousand United States Dollars($10.500,000.00) valued sum at Five Million United States Dollars {$5,000,000.00}. If you desire to receive your fund this way,Kindly re-confirm you (1) Your Full Name (2) Full residential address. (3) Phone And Fax Number (4) Occupation You will find below my email address and contact telephone number. Name: Mr Ibrahim Lamorde. Email( Tel: +2348188389787 We shall be expecting to receive your information. Thanks for your co-operation BEST REGARDS, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

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