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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: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:08:28 -0800

27th February,2018
For your attention
I, wish to formally inform you of the arrival of Diplomat
GEORGE IBE contracted to deliver your funds to you at
Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody city Wyoming,USA
where he is transiting from as the Committee was reliably informed by him.
Therefore,you are advised to re-confirm your delivery
address and name to him for proper delivery arrangement
through his email address as:[]
or give him a call on his newly acquired telephone line
[307-855-7240] and make your personal telephone line
available to him as to enhance means of communication between
both of you during the delivery process.
The metal boxes containing the aforementioned Contract inheritance amount =
approved to be released to you by his Excellency President M. Buhari in lin=
e with the ongoing anti-corruption crusade and in fulfillment of his promis=
e to ensure that all outstanding contract inheritance funds that the proces=
s of releasing them to their beneficiaries were marred by corruption are re=
solved =2018paid=2019 during his tenure are sealed with iron wax for securi=
ty reasons and for the safety of the content of the boxes for
This is not a hoax neither is it an act of scam nor an attempt to lure you=
rather a genuine arrangement by Economic and Debt Reconciliation Committee=
under the office of Presidency headed by me to ensure the speedy release o=
f your fund through cash delivery before the end of the current administrat=
ion led by President Buhari therefore, consider this email notice a priorit=
y and adopt a proactive measure to ensure the successful delivery of your f=
und to mark the release of the aforementioned contract inheritance amount t=
o you by establishing contact with Diplomat George Ibe as directed herein i=
mmediately. =

FInally, for security reasons and for the safety of your personal details,
reply to:{} or forward your personal
details to Diplomat Ibe through {}
Yours faithfully
Mrs.Kemi Adeosun
Honorable Minister of Finance,Head of Nigeria Economic Team
and Debt Reconciliation Committee
Direct tel line:+234-7051882868

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