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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: "Hon. Justice E. Ayoola" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:33:59 +0100

ICPC NIGERIA (Anti-Fraud Unit) Head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue Z=
one A9 Central Area Garki Abuja. P. M.B 535, TEL : +234 8036565253 EMAIL; (= Attention; LETTER OF COMPENSATION/SETTLEMENT=
We hereby inform you that out of our records for the year investigation it=
is drawn to us that you have been victimized by the men of underworld(419e=
rs/impostors). However, the management has been dutifully empowered by the =
Investigation bureau office of the President and Commander-in-chief of the =
Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria to curb all illicit transaction=
and workload of this perpetrator. In line with the Anti-corruption crusade=
of the President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)you are by this email notification=
to stop any contact regarding to your illegal transaction with this intern=
ational fraudsters called in Nigeria 419ers. Out of our findings there is n=
o any inheritance, Contract and Lottery payment in your favor or name in Ni=
geria and the image of this country has been dented internationally during =
the past administration of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Presently, we=
have employed a strategy to remit sanity and vow to terminate the activity=
of this fraudsters by consolidating our security Network all over the coun=
try in view to monitor all outgoing and incoming communication to enable us=
fish out and avert all illegal and suspicious transaction both domesticall=
y and internationally respectively. Moreover, it occurs that some of our Fi=
nancial Institutions (Bank) serve as a Condit pipe by which this fraudsters=
use to perpetrate the undo crime. We have signal all these financial insti=
tutions to implement scrutinized investigation before carrying any transact=
ion any bank found culpable of breaching the law must have their operationa=
l license revoke. In accordance with the criminal and other related offense=
act 25 of 1999 constitution we have been officially compel by Senator. A. =
Aminu(JP), Chairman Senate committee on Foreign Affair to mapped out billio=
ns of Dollars from the Annual Budget to compensate all defrauded victims as=
part of the ongoing National Reform Scheme of the president, By the streng=
th of this development the sum of US$7.Million United States Dollars (USD$5=
,000,000.00) has been SIGNED to each beneficiaries as compensation, so you =
will be receiving the above mentioned compensation fund. Be inform from thi=
s day that if we find out through security agency that you are still in ema=
il and telephone communication with this criminals your compensation paymen=
t will discard and terminated and you will report to the Federal Bureau of =
Investigation (FBI) for questioning your transaction. Kindly send your addr=
ess where we shall send the original documents of your compensation by cour=
ier to you as it has approved. 1. Your Full Name: 2. Your Residential Addre=
ss: 3. Telephone Number (cell ) For more details on receipt of this mail co=
ntact this office. Await for your reply Thanks for your anticipated coopera=
tion in this regards. Yours Faithfully. Hon. Justice E. Ayoola Chairman ICP=
C Nigeria. (Independent Corrupt Practice Commission, ICPC) DIRECT LINE : +2=
34 8036565253ICPC NIGERIA (Anti-Fraud Unit) Head Office: Plot 802, Constitu=
tion Avenue Zone A9 Central Area Garki Abuja. P. M.B 535, TEL : +234 803656=

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