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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: "ZENITH BANK OF NIGERIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:41:42 -0700
Subject: Good news congratulation sir,

Attention Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your payment file which worth about Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$700.000) only We also found
out that you have not receive any payment since the British Government has set aside Eight Hundred Million United State Dollars (US$800,000,000.00) only from the One

Billion Dollars collected from fraudsters with the help of the Economic Financial Crime Commissions both in London and Nigeria and other parts of the world These
include cash and frozen assess to compensate those who have been attempted or victims of fraud by some imposters/fraudsters in Nigeria,
London and other part of the country Hence we have decided to bring a solution to your problem by arranging your payment through an accredited bank here in Nigeria
(Zenith Bank Of Nigeria) This is the latest instruction by Muhammadu Buhari(GCFR)president Federal Republic of Nigeria and British Prime Minister in conjunction with US government Please confirm if you will like to receive the fund (US$700.000) by sending us the below information and how you wish to receive your fund.

(A) payment via ATM value card
(B) Payment via Wire bank to bank transfer

1. Your Full Name and Address
2. Direct Phone/Fax number
3. Your Age and Nationality
4. Occupation
5. Sex
6. Company name

For your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) in respect of transferring your fund this is to avoid any hitches
in finalizing your payment. Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct which is (445) do not disclose this code to any office or any one

Your regard
Mr. Joe C Martins, Director Foreign Operations

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