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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, 20 Mar 2018 09:28:28 -0700
Subject: 20th March,2018

20th March,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 a=
pproved to be released to you by his Excellency President M. Buhari in line=
with the ongoing anti-corruption crusade and in fulfillment of his promise=
to ensure that all outstanding contract inheritance funds that the process=
of releasing them to their beneficiaries were marred by corruption are res=
olved =2018paid=2019 during his tenure are sealed with iron wax for securit=
y reasons and for the safety of the content of the boxes for your awareness.

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 the Presidency headed by me to ensure the speedy releas=
e of your fund through cash delivery before the end of the current administ=
ration led by President Buhari therefore, consider this email notice a prio=
rity and adopt a proactive measure to ensure the successful delivery of you=
r fund to mark the release of the aforementioned contract inheritance amoun=
t to you by establishing contact with Diplomat George Ibe as directed herei=
n immediately.
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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