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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: "MRS LORETTA .E.LYNCH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:21:49 +0100
Subject: US Attorney General Mrs Loretta.E.Lynch.13 N

Department of Justice
Office of the Attorney General        
441 4th Street NW,
Suite 1145S,
Washington, DC 20001.
Attention Beneficiary.
Pursuant to the foregoing fact,I therefore counsel you this day 13-09-2016, We received a letter from Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit  (NFIU) in Nigeria  through  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) here in the United States of America over allegations of money laundering  related activities with Nigeria bank officials  to which there is over whelming evidence of your involvement,base on  the report we received from (NFIU) Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit   of Nigeria in charge of financial matters,In view of the indicting report submitted to Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI) by the  Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit  (NFIU)   through Mrs Vera Uzo the current (NFIU) commission chairman who took over power  (OCTOBER 2015),
,Mrs Vera Uzo   stated in her  complain that since she took over 2015 as the commission chairman different ministries are been  used by unknown individual for false pretense before beneficiary whom has no direct contact information to the commission,With this ugly development if you are having any contact with anybody who claim to be NFIU chairman Mrs Vera Uzo or Lawyer from 2015 to  2016 in process of getting your fund,you have to stop  further communication that is (Deformation) of character.
Note, we don't want a situation which will prompt Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit  (NFIU) to institute a quasi legal action otherwise called binding over proceeding on this financial matter,However, she  also complain before (FBI)  that you did not  follow their government due process  approved by their present Government of President  Mohammed Buhari whom came into power (MAY 29,2015) for the clearance of fund internationally and locally, rather you involve your self with fake  banks  officials and lawyer to betray their government to get  fake and forge documents to claim your fund, without recourse to rule of law.
Note,  if you are having any communication   with anybody previously whom claim to be Mrs Vera Uzo or any government official in Nigeria without the knowledge of the present NFIU,is illegal,We are law abiding citizens i want you to wade into this matter,We are giving you notice of service of writ of summons after seven days of receiving this letter by mail. Note,base on your response to this complain you will be given direct contact information from my office on how to contact the commission chairman Mrs Vera Uzo
to avoid illegal dealings with impostors?
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Your's faithfully,
US Attorney General Mrs Loretta.E.Lynch.

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