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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: "EFCC FUNDS RECOVERY DEPT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:18:18 +0100

From the Desk of Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde,
Head of Economic And Financial Crime Commission (E.F.C.C) OR
Attention Beneficiary,
This is to bring to your attention Email Address Beneficiary that the Federal Government of Nigeria establishes this Agency to fight corruption here in Nigeria. The present Government wants to fight corruption to redeem the good image of this country at abroad to attract foreign investors here.The Federal Government has map out the sum of $2.8 billion from the Federal Reserve to settle all foreigners who has been a victim of Scam/Fraud over here in Nigeria/London. I am Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde assign Chairman Economic and Financial Crime Commission,a committee set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the able former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The purpose of the committee among other is to investigate, verify and settle all foreigners/ contractors who have been a victim of Scam. Consequently, we received a directive from the office of the new president, ordering the above office to settle you with a compensation of $10.5 million through ATM Payment system or into your Bank accoun t being on the list of&nb
I wish to inform you that in our record here, your name have fulfilled such conditions.But the reasons why your own fund has to be delayed is because, there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mr. Khan, a Pakistan American citizen who is presently trying to make us believe that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund,in his bank account in China.
So here comes the big question. Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of Mr. Khan thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details:
Account Name:Indo- China Group Ltd,
A/C #: USD114-102-5567-8,
Bank Name: Standard Chattered bank,
Bank Address 138- 141 1st Floor, Edinburgh Tower, the Landmark, 15 Queens Road, Central Hong Kong,
Swift Code: SCBL 11k111.
If you did not sign, nor authorize Mr. Khan to receive your payment on your behalf, kindly reconfirm to us, your genuine bank account details and full address, to avoid making payment to a wrong person, attempt to divert your payment to a new account without your knowledge may have been done by your local representative with the assistance of some corrupt Officials, whom most of them are presently under our custody and will face prosecution under section 35A sub section 1-2-4 of the criminal code of Nigeria/London, pending on when we finish with our investigation.
This office is glad to inform you that your payment shall be made as soon as this information needed from you is submitted, either by Telegraphic Transfer or (ATM CARD) This office supersedes every other department in the CBN; every other banks in Nigeria and correspondence bank abroad and is thus responsible for the final payment. The consequences of not heeding to this warning would be yours. Although we have been able to come up with some good result about the people that have extorted money from people illegally and I wish to list them so that you will personal indicate them by writing back because we want to make sure you receiver your payment without any delay but we must surely deal and bring this names to book if only you will indicate correctly any of them.
The names of those we have arrested and are under investigation are as follows and we declared some others wanted.:
1) Dr Paul Koffi
2) Henry Mark
3) Dr.Ray.Mcc.
9) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Ebi
10) Agent John Edward
11)Mr. Eric William
Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
12) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor - Financial Sector
Surveillance /
Board Member
14) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia
15)Mr Steve James
16) Mr Patrick Leah
17) Mr Lamido Sanusi
18) Mr John Collins:
19) Senator David Mark
20) Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu
So we are waiting for you to write us and inform us if any of the above names have once contacted you in respect to your fund if yes donít waste time to indicate it immediately. We apologize on behalf of the President and the good citizens of Nigeria/London for any delay and lost this most have coursed you and promise that such thing will not happen again. Considering the circumstances at hand, you are advice not to accept any fax or telephone calls that does not come from this office and forward any further letter you receive to me for further information visit our website
Best regards
Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde (AIG.)
For Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

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