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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: "DR. ADAMS MIKE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:51:13 -0700
Subject: Reaffirmed payment approval.

Goodday Sir,
I am the Chief Payment officer to our New Elected President on foreign payments. I am in the process of concluding payment
to all the duly approved foreign contractors who have completed the contract awarded to them, I have a total of $147.5
million in excess of what the president approved which is in the bank and i have discussed with the Bank Manager to
transfer out only $47.5 for our personal use and return the balance $100million to the FGN consolidated Revenue account.
On this note we have decided to  include your names among the contractors list to enable us to transfer the total amount of
$47.5 million into your account for subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants we are prohibited by the Code of
Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/or operating foreign accounts in our names, we have agreed to offer
35% of the transferred sum, 5% shall be set aside for any incidental expenses during the course of this transaction, and
60% for us. Please you must accord this transaction with utmost confidentiality and secrecy.
Please send the following details for our working.
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile
3)Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int'l passport, any valid ID card.
Transfers to your account will be complete within 7 business days.
please  reply to this  email urgently with the needed details and i will email you my data page for my true identification.

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