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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: "Nlt" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 21:50:06 -0700
Subject: %From NEC C!!!

Attn: Sir/ma.
Sequel to the newly inaugurated Debt Recovery memo signed by chairman national economic council of Nigeria, for debt owned to foreign beneficiaries/contractors in this conventional payment scheme of this fiscal year 2019. My committee has just been mandate to recover all unpaid debts associated with NNPC contracts, Lottery fund, inheritance fund, loans and grants etc ranging from USD$5M-USD$10.5M owed to various beneficiaries and companies across the globe (Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, and Australia).
In the course of our investigation, your email address were shortlisted among the first fifteen individuals yet to be paid for this 2019 budget to settle all outstanding foreign beneficiaries. Kindly confirm the active of this your e-mail address because we have tried to contact you two days back but your email bounce back.
Therefore, we would like you to choose below your choice of fund release so that we can process your payment as soon as possible.
(A) Bank to Bank Transfer
(B) Online Banking
(C) ATM Master Card
Your full personal information is also required as below which will be needed.
(A) Full name and residential address
(B) Next of kin
(C) Occupation
(D) Nationality
(E)Telephone numbers
(F) Scan the first page of your international passport or driverís license, recent passport photograph, send all via email attachment.
Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
Yours in Service,
For: The Management.
National Coordinator (NC)

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