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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "UPS Delivery Company Service" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:14:56 -0600
Subject: RE: LETTER OF COMPENSATION/SETTLEMENT FOR LONG AWAITED
ICPC NIGERIA (Anti-Fraud Unit)
Head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue
Zone A9 Central Area Garki Abuja.
P. M.B 535,
RE: LETTER OF COMPENSATION/SETTLEMENT FOR LONG AWAITED OVERDUE PAYMENT
Sir, & Madam !
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(419ers/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 international
fraudsters called in Nigeria 419ers. Out of our findings there is no
any inheritance, Contract and Lottery payment in your favor or name in
Nigeria and the image of this country has been dented internationally
during the past administration of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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 country in view to monitor all outgoing
and incoming communication to enable us fish out and avert all illegal
and suspicious transaction both domestically and internationally
respectively. Moreover, it occurs that some of our Financial
Institutions (Bank) serve as a Condit pipe by which this fraudsters
use to perpetrate the undo crime.
We have signal all these financial institutions to implement
scrutinized investigation before carrying any transaction any bank
found culpable of breaching the law must have their operational
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
billions of Dollars from the Annual Budget to compensate all defrauded
victims as part of the ongoing National Reform Scheme of the
president, By the strength of this development the sum of
US$28.Million United States Dollars (USD$9]10,500,000.00) has been SIGNED
to each beneficiaries as compensation, so you will be receiving the
above mentioned compensation fund. You are to received your atm card
within 72 hours.
Sir Your atm card is coming from United bank for africa (UBA)
from now once you comply bear it in mind that you are paying $360 usd for approve of your payment
with delevrey fees ..
Be inform from this day that if we find out through security agency
that you are still in email and telephone communication with this
criminals your compensation payment will discard and terminated and
you will be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for
questioning your transaction.
Kindly send your address where we shall send the original documents of
your compensation by courier to you as it has been dully signed and
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Residential Address:
3. Telephone Number (cell )
For more details on receipt of this mail contact this office. Await
for your reply.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation in this regards.
Hon. Justice E. Ayoola
Chairman ICPC Nigeria.
(Independent Corrupt Practice Commission, ICPC)
ICPC NIGERIA (Anti-Fraud Unit)