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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: "Mr.Chukwu Uzoego" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:03:25 +0800

Presidential Liaison Complex,
Ikoyi, Lagos.



This is to inform you that the office of the Presidency of Federal Republic Nigeria have approve your part payment the sum of $15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) through certified bank draft.

Therefore, you are advice to contact: Mr.William H.Roger Jr : Tel:234-8128228249. senor, Adviser to President on Foreign Payment for dispatching of the original copy of your bank draft to your step door.

Yours Faithfully.

Mr.Chukwu Uzoego.
Board of Trustee.

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