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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: "sarah garcia" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <icpcunitbase.gov@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:32:12 -0700
Subject: respond swiftly...

ICPC NIGERIA (Anti-Fraud Unit)
......we fight against fraud, funds delay and impersonation.
Head Office: Plot 802, Constitution Avenue
Zone A9 Central Area
P. M.B 535, Garki Abuja
E-mail Address: icpcunitbase.gov@gmail.com,icpc.gov@yandex.com
 
 
ATTN,
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
LETTER OF COMPENSATION/SETTLEMENT.
 
This letter will definitely be amazing to you because of itís realistic value. Sorry for the inconveniences that was rendered to you in your line of Inheritance
 
Payment transaction with some impersonators some while ago.
 
I know that this letter will hit you by surprise, but firstly I will like to introduce myself; I am (Mr Ekpo Nta) the Legal chairman of "ICPC", (Nigeria's Anti-Fraud
 
Unit).
 
On the 1st of October 2000, the President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria (Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) introduced a Commission named the "ICPC", (Nigeria's Anti-Fraud
 
Unit) which is duly registered under the United Nations (U.N.O). This particular Commission was initiated to detect fraud/funds delay/impersonation of Government
 
Officials. Secondly, we are mandated by the US Government to Settle foreign debts/fraud victims/Un-paid beneficiaries to satisfactory in other to maintain peace in the
 
world at large and also to create a good relationship with the international bodies.
 
Presently, we are being paid by the American government in other to avert beneficiary funds delays/fraud here in Nigeria.
 
So far, we have settled the likes of (Mrs. Debbie Hargrove, Mr. Micheal Wagner etc).
 
You are being contacted by this office today because your Case File (A) is the very first File on our Settlement Files Cabinet. From our Intelligent investigations and
 
Probing processes we discovered that you are a victim of fraud/funds delay.
 
The "ICPC", is faithfully under my governance as the Legal Chairman of the great Commission and to this Authority I took an oath of allegiance to settle all fraud
 
victims peacefully.
 
This Memorandum is to notify you that you will be settled by the Nigerian Government from our initial Deposit Account. You will be settled with the actual amount which
 
you lost in your previous transaction, including your Inheritance Funds.
 
Your settlement will be actualized within 3working days after your response to this Official Letter.
 
For further clearification/investigation kindly send the below informations to us immediately:
 
1. Your residential address.
2. Mobile and fax number (for regular official contact).
3. Your inheritance funds value.
4. Amount which you have lost previously.
 
These above-mentioned informations will officially enable us to carry out our verification processes and after that your compensation sum/Inheritance Funds will be
 
Electronically wired into your designated Bank account.
 
Your immediate compliance to this will expedite actions on your Payment because here in this office, we have alot of listed victims to be settled.
 
Officially Signed,
 
Mr Ekpo Nta
Chairman ICPC Nigeria..
 
 

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