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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: "Mr. Stuart Symington" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:11:04 -0800
Subject: CReply ASAP to claim your compensation $1,200,000.00

U. S. Embassy, Abuja
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja
Office Direct number : +234-708-515-7788

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Stuart Symington, the newly appointed United State Ambassador to Nigeria.

The United State Embassy here has resolved on a Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria on-behalf of scam victims to be compensated after Economic and Financial Crime Commissioner (EFCC) arrested some fraudsters in Nigeria who mentioned your name and e-mail as one of their victims of circumstances. Note that after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other house of representative members, World Bank, United Nations and International Monetary Fund (IMF), they all agreed that you will be compensated with $1,200,000.00 (One Million two hundred thousand United states Dollars) .I was very much annoyed when I found out that you paid much money yet you never receive your funds.That is why I decided to help you.

Respond back to me through this email to enable me give you the step you will follow in receiving your funds: OR

Thank you
Mr. Stuart Symington
United States Ambassador: To Nigeria.

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