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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: "Proof. Ibrahim Musa" <>
Reply-To: "Proof. Ibrahim Musa" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:56:14 +0000 (UTC)



This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United
Nations to Central Bank of Benin/Apex Bank of Benin to pay 150 scammed
victims $800,000 USD ( Eight Hundred Thounsand United States Dollars )
each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the
scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as
possible for the immediate payment of your $800,000 USD compensation

On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the
last U.N meeting held at London, United Kingdom on May 15th  2014. It
was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lose of funds
by various individuals/companies to the scam artists operating
insyndicates all over the world today. In other to compensate victims,
United Nations is now paying 150 victims of this operators $800,000
USD each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, Ghana
and Benin Republic the payments are to be paid by Central Bank of
Africa as corresponding paying Bank under funding assistance by The
Barclays Bank, London or World Bank Switzerland for funds remittance.
Benefactor will be cleared and recommended for payment by APEX BANK OF

According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has
been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still
have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of $800,000 USD each.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was
arrested as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby
warned not to communicate or duplicate this message for any reason
what so ever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the
other criminals.. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended.
Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application
as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.

You can receive your compensation payment via any of this options as
you may Choose, ATM MASTER CARD or WIRE TRANSFERS. Western Union Money
Transfer I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear
from you.

Yours faithfully,
E-Mail=== (
Prof. Ibrahim Musa
Tel:  +229-95933044

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