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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: "Thomas Adeniran" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 21:58:29 -0700

It is obvious that you have not received your fund due to lack of payment from the bank, cost of transfer or the documents, and also due to past corrupt Nigeria Governmental Officials and with the foreign Banks, who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations have successfully passed a mandate to the current President of Nigeria His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.
We have also been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime  commission and the United State Government have ordered that the money recovered from these  Scammers should be shared among hundred Lucky people around the globe. This message is been  directed to you because your email address was  found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria. You are therefore to be compensated with $10.500, 000) Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars.
Consequent to the record we have here, this Scam Artists has defrauded a lot of people of their  hard earned currencies, as they claims to be  /Bank officials, Lottery Agents who has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do not really exist.
Since your email address appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive this compensation offer of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only, we have arranged your payment through our telegraphic wire transfer, so get back to us with your prefer mode of payment
Kindly Forward your Information such As;
{1}. Your Full Name
{2}. Your Address:
{3}. Your Confidential Tell, Cell and Fax Number for easier and faster communication:
{4). Your Bank name and address:
{5). Your A/c Name and Numbers:
(6). Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers:
(7) Occupation / Marital Status:
Note, that transfer will commence immediately we received the above information's.
Your Immediate Response is Highly needed to enable you receive your fund.
Yours faithfully,
Thomas Frank

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