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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: info@GUVEN16OSGB.COM
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:54:10 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION!!!

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Attention: Please

A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by one gentle man and he is a citizen from united state of America and his name is MR MILLER GRAIG DOUGLAS.

This man claimed to be your representative and this power of attorney stated that you are dead after brief illness and he brought account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of $10.5 million us dollars which is now lying dormant and unclaimed, below is the new account he have submitted:

City Bank
Account# / 6503809428.
Address 1076 Peter Johnson Road
New York, USA,

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24 hrs to confirm the truth in this information, if you are still alive, you are to contact us back immediately, because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiary's inheritance and contract payment.

You are to call this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hrs to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately and also be inform that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible for any wrong payment. Contact us as soon as possible if you are truly alive as we have his identification and residence he provides for us to wired the payment to him.

Note: we want you to re-confirm your personal information below with the fee of $200 dollars to enable us renew and update your file before we will take next step and make sure that you receive your fund this week without no problem okay.

(1) Full Name: ...............................
(2) Country/State: ..................................
(3) Delivery Address: ...........................
(4) Occupation.............................
(5) Sex..............................
(6) Age: ........................................
(7) Telephone Number: ...........................
(8) A Cope of Your Passport:

You are required to use this below information by send the fee of $200 dollars needed to update your payment file, before we can take step and make sure that you receive your fund this week without any hitch.

Send the fee via Western Union with understand information here.

Receiver Name: Quadri Ajide
Receiver Country: Nigeria
City: Abuja
Text Question: AB
Answer: CD
Amount: $250

We are waiting for your anticipate cooperation as soon as you receive this message.

Best Regards.
Mr. Brandon Parrish (Director General)
International Monetary Funds Unit Nigeria
Contact E-mail

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