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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. Rabiu Adamu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 10:15:48 -0400
Subject: Greetings



Following the global financial matters and just concluded investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation In Conjunction with the World Bank, it is revealed that your email is among the first list of scam victims who are to receive their compensation fund of US$4,500,000.00 dollars this February 2018.

In view of the foregoing, a new payment of US$4,500,000.00 has been approved in your favor and credited into an ATM CARD which shall be delivered to you.

Note: Thousands of fraudsters have been using this method in scamming most beneficiaries that we have in the payment list here in our office. We use this medium to inform you that any mail that do not come with the new communication code: NG/CCUF-HFCR-/RLPHJ/ is false. In this case, you’re advice not to respond to any mail that does not come with the above communication code for safety purpose.

The final conclusion was that, the fund should be paid to you via Automated Teller Machine card (ATM) as it seems, this will be easier and faster for you to receive and take full possession your compensation fund.

Your new communication code: US/CCUF-HFCR-/RLPHJ/. Do complete the below details for proper verification and documentation.

1. Full Name
2. Residence address
3. Telephone/Fax number
4. Age
5. Next of Kin
6. Country of Residence
7. A copy of your driver’s license OR international passport

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and we are looking forward to hearing from you.


Mr. Rabiu Adamu
Chairman Compensation Committee
Presidential Committee On Compensation Payments

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