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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: "Chairman ICPC Nigeria." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:22:23 +0200
Subject: We Fight Against Fraud, Funds Delay and Impersonation....

Abuja Office - Headquarters
Plot 802 Constitution Avenue, Central District,
P.M.B 535, Garki Abuja Nigeria.
Our Ref: ICPC/NG/FG/14

.....We Fight Against Fraud, Funds Delay and Impersonation....


Attn: Beneficiary

I know that this mail will hit you by surprise, but firstly I will like to introduce myself; I am (Mr. Nta Ekpo) 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 were mandated by the US Government and the FBI to settle foreign debts/fraud victims/UN-paid beneficiaries 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 these person's, likes (Mrs. Mary Mason, Mr. Greg Mendez etc).

You are being contacted by this office today dated 10/24/2017, because your Case File (A) is on our Settlement Files priority. From our intelligent investigations and Probing processes we discovered that you have been denied your claim. The "ICPC", is faithfully under my governance as the Legal Chairman of the great Commission and on 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 with KEYSTONE BANK OF NIGERIA PLC, on the approval of our legal department.

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(72hrs) after your response to this Official Letter.

For further clarifications/investigation kindly send the below information to office 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.
5 Scan copy of your International Passport/Drivers License.

This above-mentioned information will officially enable us to carry out our verification processes and after that your sum/Inheritance Funds will be Electronically wired into your designated Bank account,or any of your choice of receiving your payment.

Your immediate compliance to this office will expedite action, Call me immediately +234-907-754-6103

We await your urgent response and for more clarifications.

Officially Closed by,

Mr. Ekpo Nta.
Chairman ICPC Nigeria.
Cc:The Accountant General of the Federation.
Cc:The Federal Ministry of Finance (F.M.F).
Cc:The Presidency/ATM Payment Office

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