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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:43:56 -0700

  Payment Review unit on payment Reconciliation
    Tel: +234-9097763228
How are you today. Hope everything is OK.
We received instruction from Federal Goverment and United nations to release  USD10.5Million  in your favor.
Payment  Review unit  wish  inform you that your approve
USD10.5Million  has been sign and mandate  to  be released in your name
as as son as possible. also be informed that Payment Review Unit have
work out all modalities for you to have  this approved fund  successful
without  any delay or problem.
Fund  Tag Permit Documents ,  is only thing holding your fund in our
bank . As soon as this  Fund  TAG Permit Clearance  is released in your
name Payment Review Unit  will released the approve  USD10.5M into your
account within 24 banking hours you obtain this FUND TAG PERMIT
CERTIFICATE from our office.
below is the name you will use to send  US$370.00 been the cost of
FUND TAG PERMIT CERTIFICATE.  that will cover the approve  fund in your
  account. as soon as this  documents is released in your name the
approve  US$10.5M will be remit into  your account immediately
You are  advise to send the requested  fee via Money gram  or western
union  with below  name and information.
Receivers name:  MBAMARA  FOSTER
Address:  Lagos Nigeria
Text question: white
Answer: Black
Amount: US$370.00
Waiting for the payment tracking number  and senders name and address.
Finally, your direct phone number and banking details is needed  for
smooth remittance of this USD10.5Million in your account.
Mr Peter Obi
Director Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit

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