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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: "George Adesola Oguntade" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 17:11:39 -0700
Subject: Re: Immediate Payment of your Overdue funds.



Re: Immediate Payment of your Overdue funds.

My name is Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade the Nigerian Ambassador to United Kingdom. I have received a presidential Order from the presidency of the government of Nigeria to contact you for the immediate payment of your overdue funds.

It has been discovered through our security monitoring network that you have been dealing with wrong channels to actualize your claim and lost some money in the process. Be informed that the government does not pay foreign debt through sycophants but only through the government approved channels.

Diplomatic trust cannot be put into disrepute by any responsible government. This is one of the reasons the present government of Nigeria Anti-corruption crusade has been commended by the United Nations, the World Bank, IMF, American government, British etc.

The government considered to pay you and few other beneficiaries through this diplomatic means to safe you and your funds from the evil hands of impostors and to save the image of the government of Nigeria from disrepute. So you are lucky to be one of the few favored beneficiaries. All we need from you is your maximum cooperation and you get paid.

Reconfirm your current information as requested below:

1) Your full name, address, telephone and email.

2) Your full bank account details for payment.

3} How much is your money?

4) Why have you not been paid before this time?

The reason for the request of the above is to be sure that we are dealing with the true beneficiary. I have your payment file and I know that only a true beneficiary will give the right information in the payment file. Upon our receipt of your reply to this mail, we shall reconcile your payment documents with the concern authority and direct you to our paying bank for your immediate payment.

George Adesola Oguntade (CFR)
Nigerian Ambassador to United Kingdom.

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