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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: Hon Ekpo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:47:11 +0100

Sir/Mrs. This is Chairman. Mr Ekpo Nta of ICPC Nigeria.(Independent Corrupt=
Practice Commission, ICPC) in alliance with the Economic Community of West=
African States (ECOWAS), with their Head Office here in Nigeria has been w=
orking towards the total eradication of fraudsters and scam in here in Nige=
ria With the help of the United States Government. We have been able to tra=
ck down so many of this scammers in various parts of (NIGERIA) and they are=
all in our custody here in Lagos Nigeria, meanwhile during the process of =
arrest, We were able to recover some funds from the prosecuted scammer. In =
respect to this great achievement, this Anti-crime commission and the Unite=
d State Government/Federal Government Of Nigeria have ordered that the mone=
y recovered from these Scammers be shared among 100 Lucky people whom there=
appear our list. This email is been directed to you because your email add=
ress was found in one of the file and computer hard disk recovered from the=
prosecuted scammers there in our custody. You are therefore being compensa=
ted with the sum of $5Million Dollars. We have also arrested all those who =
claimed to be Barristers, Bank Officials, Lottery Agents, Person or group o=
f Person's who claim to have funds in their custody that belonged to you or=
want you to be the Next of kin of such funds which do not exist ,Since you=
r email appeared among the lucky Beneficiaries who will receive a compensat=
ion of $5Million Dollars, we have arranged your payment to be made to you t=
hrough Swift Card.(ATM). Please do feel free to direct your email back with=
required information to person in charged of ATM Program/Delivery from ZEN=
ITH BANK PLC, the swift card has been specially prepared to enable you with=
draw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximu=
m is Five Thousand Dollars Only per day, due to security reasons, so you ar=
e therefore advised to direct all your mails to me with the required inform=
ation as stated below. Mr Ekpo Nta TEL: (+234 802 096 7661) EMAIL:(c_icp1@a= You are advice to forward the information bellow to enable us prepa=
re your ATM Card including your Pin for easy accessibility. Your Full Name_=
______________________ Your Address________________________ P.O.BOX________=
_________________________ Country__________________________ Telephone Numbe=
r________________________ Mobile Number_________________ Fax Number________=
______________________ Occupation________________________ Marital Status___=
____________________ Age_________Sex_____________ Officially Sign. Mr Ekpo =
Nta Chairman ICPC Nigeria. (Independent Corrupt Practice Commission, (ICPC)=
------------------------------------------------------ The information in t=
his message may be proprietary and/or confidential, and protected from disc=
losure. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or an =
employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended r=
ecipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or c=
opying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received t=
his communication in error, please notify ICPC immediately by replying to t=
his message.

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