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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: "EFCC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:34:04 +0530
Subject: EFCC: Internet Compensation Program

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
5 Fomella Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent
Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria

Confirmation Message:

This message is to let you know that we have carried out verifications at
Western Union and MoneyGram head offices right here in Nigeria to know if
truly you have sent money to Nigeria and Western Union and MoneyGram
confirmed it to us that you have sent money on several occasions to

In regard to the confirmation by the money transfer companies, it proves
that you have truly sent money to fraudsters in Nigeria as claimed and you
are entitled to a compensation in the on-going compensation program
sponsored by the United Nations (UN), IMF and Nigerian Government.

Someone might have been deceiving you that you have Thousands or Millions
of dollars to claim. Please be warned that there are no Thousands and
Millions of dollars anywhere they are just deceiving you in order to rip
you off. Also take note that this is the first compensation program in
Nigeria, we have never held any compensation programs in the past don't be
deceived and stop every email communications immediately.

Contact EFCC Nigeria via email for your compensation.
Email Address:

This message is from The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

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