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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: "Albert Ugoobi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:43:01 -0700
Subject: Info

Committee Chairman Foreign Debts & Contracts Matters Office of the Presidency Asokoro, Abuja Ė Nigeria. FDCM/PRE/GOV/001/2017 Dear friend Donít be surprise about this development; it is my sincere wish to treat every man as I would expect to be treated. With the last investigation carried out on foreign debts and contract payments. The payment due for you would take long to be rectified and processed due to irregularities detected in your payment file. I found out that you have spent money in trying to realize your payment, which did not even reflect in your file but I have an offer that can at least help your financial stand until you receive your payment. This offer is an amount from the government leftovers totaling the sum of US$1,700,000.00 (One Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which will be shared between you and me in the ratio of 50% - 50% What is needed for this fund to be transferred is a New Bank Account Details, Notarization of the Bank Account Details and Copy of your International Passport or Drivers License. You must have known lots of officials in the government, pls. do not discuss this transaction with anyone until the fund is transferred into your designated bank account. Be assured that there is no bureaucracy or misfortune on this transaction and if you are willing to make this deal happen send me a reply and I will give you all the details. Thanks, Albert Ugoobi

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