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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: "Mrs.Christians Uwazurike" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:07:50 +0100
Subject: Your unpaid Transaction

>From Office Of Presidency Federal Republic Of Nigeria
Aso Rock Villa, Asokoro District, Abuja

Your unpaid Transaction

Dear Shortlisted Beneficiary,


After a just concluded meeting among the board, we wish to warn you against some Miscreants, Hoodlums and Touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country, the office of the presidency Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of our New President Alhaji Muhamudu Buhari has mandated that all foreign payment be release without any further delay.

This is a result of several meetings held with international committee and against the fight on corruption and misappropriation of public funds allocated for the payment of foreign beneficiaries and settlement of dept. This advisory board has been shouldered with the responsibility of making sure that all foreign beneficiaries' allocation as approved is released hitch free.

As the case maybe, the new government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has setup up several foreign account credited with funds and also ready to instruct release of funds as soon as beneficiary is satisfied as a true beneficiary you are advised to reconfirm your full details

1) Your full name: 2) Your address: 3) Phone, fax and mobile: 4) Company name and position:
5) Profession, age and marital status: 6) Copy of int'l passport, driver's license, or any valid ID card via e-mail attachment:

Your required to reconfirm the following information to avoid mistake. Here is the information we need so that we can cross-check it with our file records below contact your paying officer

Mr Anthony Thomson (Chairman)
Bank Name: Metro Bank plc London, UK
One Southampton Row
London WC1B 5HA
Direct phone:+ 44-744-209-4742 (outside of the UK)
Phone+44-703-196-0069 (outside of the UK)
Phone+44-703-197-8309 (outside of the UK)
Founded 2010

I await your urgent response as we are working towards completing your payment this last quarter, as soon as this information is received, be rest assured that full attention will be given to beneficiary towards immediate release of approved funds.


Mrs.Christians Uwazurike
Payment advisory Board
Office of the provisional Ruling Council

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