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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Lami Bello" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:17:30 -0800
Subject: Fund Allocation as approved to beneficiary.

Fund Allocation as approved to beneficiary,

Dear Sir /Madam,

After a just concluded meeting among the board, the office of the presidency Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of our new president Alhaji Muhamudu Buhari has mandated that all foreign Allocation/Payment be release without any further delay.

As a beneficiary it is very important you provide the following details, 1, full names, 2, Your Full address
3, Your direct phone numbers. As soon as this information is received, be rest assured that full attention will be given to beneficiary towards immediate release of approved Allocation.

Mr. Lami Bello
Chairman Payment advisory Board.

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