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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: "Customers Center" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:23:52 -0800
Subject: RE: CLAIM

Gulf Interational Finance Centre
Plot 73, Ralph Shodeinde Street, Central Business District, Abuja Nigeria


The bank has finally made it easier for you today. They have decide to deliver your fund to you through Bank draft, or ATM MasterCard, or Cashier check. depending on your choice. Now you can only pay $170 for shipment and it will only take 3 working days to deliver to your door step.

If you are interested in receiving your fund, just get back to me immediately you receive this mail with your current Mailing address and your cell number ( ) and i will also give you information on how to pay the $170. Please make sure you use this code as your subject ( RE:GIFC ) this will make me respond back to you.

I am waiting to hear from you.

Name: Dr Jeff Badmus
Tel:+ 234-7017389964
Managing Director
Gulf International Finance Centre

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