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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: =?UTF-8?B?TWluaXN0cnkgb2YgRmluYW5jZeKAmXMgTGVnYWwgRGVwdA==?= <>

Compliment of the day to you and your beloved family.  I am writing to= inform you that the Government of this Benin has asked us to divert all un= claimed funds that belong to the foreigners who are not ready to receive th= eir funds to the Government's treasury.  Because I aware that you need= to receive your fund and have already spent some money and time in getting= the fund despite that, you were unable to obtain the Clearance Certificate= , which was demanded by the Authorities.

Because you have spent some= money and time in order to receive the funds, then I could not allow all t= he money you spent and the time you wasted to be in vain.  Therefore, = I cashed the fund, loaded it in an ATM CARD, and registered it with a diplo= mat to deliver it to your address.

The diplomat departed since 4 to = 5 days ago and I have been expecting a call from you and the diplomat becau= se I told him to call us once he arrived at your address so that I will spe= ak with you to make sure he has delivered the package to you but the call w= e got from the diplomat few minutes ago was that he has lost your informati= on at your airport there.  I should have given him the information but= I could not find it in my mailbox due to too many junk mails we receives a= nd we used to delete all messages every day.  I have to found only you= r email address because it was in my address book but your other info was d= eleted.

The diplomat arrived in Washington Dulles international airp= ort Washington DC the capital city of USA  because he will have to mak= e entries of his arrival with the USA  high commission and the British= embassy for security reason; Due to fact that he is a senior British diplo= mat He deserves maximum security.  He will call you from the airport t= o direct you on what to do.  He Told me that clearance will be making = in the airport before the he will proceed from the airport to your home for= the final delivery.  You have to respect and follow the instructions = of the diplomat for the safety of your ATM and success of your delivery.
However, we require your urgent action and officially urge you to reco= nfirm the following information below to the diplomat right away so that he= will deliver your ATM to you today hence he is now in your Country with yo= ur package.

Your full Name...
Home address:
Your Country:
Y= our direct Tel & Fax Number:
Name of your nearest Air Port:
A cop= y of your identification:

Please do contact the Diplomatic Agent via= email with the information listed below.
Agent Name; MR. IKOZA SEBASTIA= N (Diplomat Afloat Officer)
E-mail (
CELL#+1(678) 6= 82-6491

 He is waiting to hear from you today with the informat= ion.

Note once again' The assigned diplomat, Ikpoza Sebastian is a m= aster in the diplomatic field having worked successfully as a diplomat for = many years now with so many awards and honors, he is the best man for your = assignment, and he will give you the best service if only you can adhere to= his directives.  You do not have to go to the airport or anywhere to = meet him; he will locate you in your home or any well-secured venue of your= choice and deliver the ATM to you.  Going to the airport is not advis= able and might spell doom in the payment system that is why you have to rel= ax in your home until he arrives there.

Upon settlement of the us cu= stoms airport clearance charge, the diplomatic agent will proceed for final= delivery to your door step after which he shall furnish you with your paym= ent release documents, which you will legally sign for release of your pack= age CONTAINED  sum of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United State = of American Dollar ($4.500.000.00 Million USD) to you
The consignment wa= s moved from here as family treasures, so never allow him to open the box.<= br>
Yours Faithful,
Dr.Mohamed Guru.
General Couns= el and Director of the Ministry of Finance=E2=80=99s Legal Department

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