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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:

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:24:11 +0000
Subject: Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,

I am contacting you based on the notification letter that we received
from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to release the
sum of (US$250,000.00) to each SCAM victim around the globe from the
loots recovered from Late.General Sani Abacha family and your name was
among the the list.

Before we proceed, you have to forward the following details to ensure
that we are dealing with the real beneficiary.

Your full names
Your office or resident address
Your telephone/fax/mobile number
Your age,occupation, marital status including a scan copy of your
identification to avoid false claim.

Call me upon receiving this message on + 234 816 962 2603 or you can
send text message to speed up our communication.

Your Sincerely,
Mr.Abdullahi Ibrahim,
Executive Director (Public Sector),
First Bank Nigeria Ltd.
Mobile: + 234 816 962 2603

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