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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 Investigation Department
Date: 05 Apr 2018 17:43:05 +0200
Subject: Chairman Investigation Department

DATE: 12/13/2017

Your Attention is needed:

I am Bernd Frieze, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign
Payment, in cognizance with the credit cover of CBN/YOUR BANK,
duly adopted by the Senate Committee on Foreign Payment as
requested for a fund movement cover in your favor. I am compelled
to advice you to contact: Dr Adams Joseph, Chairman Foreign
Contract verification & Transfer Committee (FCVTC) E-mail:
( immediately you read this email. In view
of several efforts already made by us to contact you for the
following reasons, My Office desks have just received a sworn
affidavit to re-route your payment into a new bank account as
stated CHASE BANK and the Account #: 760575881. Please, confirm
to our department if you have instructed anyone to appoint an
attorney/agent on your behalf. Please, confirm if you have
authorized us through your agents to issue cash Draft payment
valued US$20M remittance on your behalf. Also confirm if you have
authorized your attorney to change your name to Loren Robert
Davis, and following particulars stated below:

Account number: 760575881
Routing number: 123271978
Home address: 201 W OWYHEE AVE APT 1 HOMEDALE ID, 83628
Phone number: 415-873-8674
Bank address: 50 2ND ST S NAMPA 83651 BANK
Bank phone number: 208-465-3242

Also re-confirm your information, Your ID, Private Telephone and
Fax number, your e-mail address, Office and home address, so that
we can cross-check it with our file records.

We have decided to contact you because we suspected that somebody
is trying to divert your fund through the sworn affidavit of
means, into a new different bank account. Already, their
associates have requested us to place a cash call order in their
favor on your behalf, but we discovered that your information was
not there. Therefore, you are hereby advised to contact (Dr Adams
Joseph) Foreign Contract Verification & Transfer Committee on
this ( regarding the above stated. Please
inform him and acknowledge your acceptance to the above stated,
but if not, please do not hesitate to inform him very urgently,
so that he can stop the diversion of your fund. For security
reasons, please contact him through phone or e-mail to avoid
interception. And here is his private phone number: +234-

Best regards.

Bernd Frieze
Dr. Poll Fredrick
Chairman Investigation Department (NID)

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