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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: "Folake Edgar"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:32:42 +0700
Subject: Congratulations (Your Compensation).

Central Bank Of Nigeria National Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue Central Business District P.M.B. 284, Garki Abuja. Phone: +234-7013517524 E-mail: Your Ref Number And File Code: 0016B/NDIC03/CBA2801H ATTN: The Beneficiary, We have been appointed by the United States Government in compensating scam victims in six major countries of the world with the sum of US$465,000.00, US$850.000.00 and US$1.5 million United states dollars respectively depending on the level of scam initiated on the companies or individuals. To claim your compensation, we will advise you contact; MOST REV.JOHN BETTISON on his email: or call him on his Phone: +234-7013517524 for claim requirement as below: YOUR NAME_______________Contact ADDRESS___________________PHONE/MOBILE NUMBER_________________OCCUPATION/POSITION AGE_______________NATIONALITY________________. Please note that upon the receipt of the above information your compensation claim file will be processed and your payment date shall be made known to you and more importantly, DO NOT FAIL TO INCLUDE YOUR REFERENCE CODE (0016B/FDIC03/CBA2801H) in your reply to this compensation notification. once again on behalf of the Central Bank Of Nigeria and NDIC staff we say congratulations. Yours Sincerely, Folake Edgar Regional Director (scam Victims Compensation Program). NB: Terms and Conditions apply.

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