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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: "Chief Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:15:50 -0400
Subject: Stop All Further Contact From Mr.Ibrahim Lamode the Economic And Financial
Crime Commission (EFCC).

Motto: No Body is Above the LAW
BE CAREFUL OF THE HOODLUMS, Firstly we introduce this commission, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) we fight cyber crime, Internet fraud, scam and money laundering in Africa and London United Kingdom,United State Of America USA all over the world Our commission has been in existences since 2004 and our duty is to stop internet fraud.
We have over 7,500 of them in our jails around Africa and UK, USA and we are still looking for these internet fraudsters like George Uloh, Emeka Eke, Daniel Uzo, James Ike, Robert Efiong, etc  and we are aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived, a huge  amount of money has also been lost to this fraudsters after promising you percentages in their letters for you to help them move funds and they will end up demanding for money from you and in return you will get nothing.
The Leaders of the African Crime fighters has come together to inform the world what is going on now and we have recovered over USD422 Million Dollars (Four Hundred and Twenty two Million Dollars) from the people we have apprehended.
The reason we are writing you this letter is because your name was given to us by one of the fraudsters in our detention room after serious investigation and he has mentioned many names who is also trying to scam you also, our aim is to refund all lost fund to its legitimate owner. The Government has approved a total of (US$3,500,000.00) only as the compensation of the lost that you incurred as this was a ceiling rate as some suffered more while others suffered less too, and the idea is to restore you back to the position that you would have been if not that you are defrauded.
In addition to the compensation amount also approved in your favor is (US$3,500,000.00) only will be paid to you in the next few days as the International conformable Draft has been issued in your favor We are doing this in other to retain the good image of this great country Nigeria, the new elected President General Mohammed Buhari (GMB) has instructed the payment of (US$3,500,000.00) each to 400 victims both United Kingdom, United State Of America, America, Asia, Europe, Etc.
Due to his political straightness, All that you have to do right now is to contact the undersigned, furnish him with the following data of yours immediately as we intend finalizing this payment in few days time.
Your Full Name
Direct Phone number:
Copy of any prove of ID:
Payment department contact name: Mr.Ekpo Nta
Contact email:
Cell Number: +234 703-333-3333
Yours Sincerely
EFCC Executive Chairman,
Chief Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde.)
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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