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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: John Eso <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:45:20 +0100
Subject: YOUR FUND


I John Eso,dual citizenship of both USA and Surinam. I am 44 years
Old. I reside here in Dallas Texas,at 77 Forest Ln Ste C833 Dallas, TX
75230 USA Phone number (940)2382865 and i am thinking of relocating
since i have received my long overdue payment from Nigeria government
through the help of the only saint i encountered in Nigeria after
series of frustration and disappointment.

I am one of those that has inheritance payment in Nigeria many years
ago and they refused to pay me. I had paid over $56,000 while in the
US, trying to get my payment but all was to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my inheritance
documents and I was directed to meet with Mr.Frank Obika of the Debt
Management Office,who is also member of COMPENSATION PROGRAM
COMMITTEE, and i contacted him and he explained everything to me.he
also took me to the paying bank (United Bank For Africa) for the claim
of my inheritance payment.

Right now, i am the happiest man on earth because I have received my
funds US$5,500,000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) Mr. Frank Obika showed me the full information of
those that are yet to receive their payments and i saw your email as
one of the beneficiaries who have not yet received your payment under
CASE FILE 54AC003 and that is why I decided to email you to stop
dealing with those fraudsters and impostures. They are not with your
funds, they are only making money off you.

Therefore, i will advise you to contact Mr.John Eso for assistance and
inform him that your CASE FILE is 54AC003 Contact him directly via the
information below.

Mr.Frank Obika
Debt Management Office
Office of the Presidency
Plot 32 Ahmadu Bello Way
Garki - Abuja-Nigeria

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them because it is not with
them. They are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up
until you have nothing.

The only money i paid after i met with Mr.Frank Obika was just for
revalidate and stamping of my documents,which was done legitimately at
the Court in my presence. So please take note that Mr.Frank Obika
shall ensure that you deal directly with the bank (United Bank For
Africa) and you will receive your payment within three days.

You may not be required to come to Nigeria before you receive your
funds as he pointed out to me while we were together.

Once again stop contacting those people. I advise that you contact
Mr.John Eso so that he can help you in the collection of your payment
instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around
asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thanks you and be blessed.
John Eso.

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