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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, 10 Nov 2017 15:57:23 +0100
Subject: Re: No More Upfront Payment In 2017 Budget/ Please CALL ME
Immediately or SMS..

I am Dr. Evon Dippor, the new Audit/Account Director General
with the Nigerian Budget and Fiscal Planning Agency. During
our last quarter 2017 harmonization of all payments and budget
implemented on Friday 27th of October, 2017, I came across
some files among which is your own whose funds are still not
yet paid $35.5m. Even when it was approved in 2017 budget for payment.

I noticed also that you have spent so much money for the release
of your fund yet nothing of such happened.

I want to show you the only way that will enable you get your
fund without any upfront charge or payment. It is the only thing
that you will do and you will get the result which all the thousands
of dollars you have spent have not given you.

All the past directors and officials you have been dealing with knows
this but because of greed, they will not tell you. They would rather
prefer you sending money for one document, levy, fees or charge so
that they will get something out of you.

By this I mean "Waiver option A4". This option allows you to apply and
get all fees, charges, duties, levies and taxes that you are supposed
to pay on your fund waived aside for you until you receive your fund
in your nominated bank account. You can only pay any money when you
have confirmed the transfer of your fund successfully inside your

The only fee approved by the two Nigerian legislative chambers (The
Senate and the House of Representative including the Presidency) is
the sum of $250 dollars only which is before your waiver certificate
will be issued to you. This is the only money that you will ever spend
as far as this program is concerned until you confirm your payment in
your bank account.

If you are interested in getting your fund without any more upfront
payment, kindly get back to me so that I can inform you on how you
can apply and get your waiver issued to you.

Call or SMS me on telephone number +234-7089760611

Thanks as I wait for your immediate response.


Dr Evon Dippor

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