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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. Joseph A. Joseph" <>
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2018 17:12:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Ref: Still waiting to hear from you

African Development Bank
Plot 813, Lake Chad Crescent
Maitama District
Abuja, Nigeria
Attention: Sir/Madam.
This letter is written to you in order to change your life from today. I a=
m Mr. Kenneth Effiog the Director, International Remittance Department of t=
his Bank, My Boss, Mr.Ousmane Dore, the Managing director of this bank is n=
ow on compulsory leave and all power have been vested on me to make all int=
ernational payments.
Also, due to reported cases of corrupt practices in other African Banks in=
cluding the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Government has revoked/can=
celed all power vested on those banks and has appointed our bank (African D=
evelopment Bank Nigeria) to make all foreign payments. Be informed that the=
Federal Government have approved the release of part-payment of$6.5M (Six =
Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) out of your total funds, which has b=
een in this bank for many years unclaimed because my boss Mr.Ousmane Dore, =
in collaboration with the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have re=
fused to tell you the truth on how to claim your fund this is because he ha=
s been using the interest accumulated from your fund every year to enrich h=
imself without your knowledge.
I am here to ensure you have your payment into your bank account using the=
easiest and the quickest method, which have not been made known to you bef=
By this method, you will open a domiciliary account with this bank (Africa=
n Development Bank) Your fund will be lodged into this domiciliary account =
and will be paid directly into any bank of your choice. After the transfer,=
you will confirm the fund in your bank account within 5hours the same day.=
No Cost of Transfer (COT) and no stoppage from any Government departments =
as the transfer will be done within the bank alone and it is very safe and =
The method which was introduced to you before is the Telegraphic Transfer =
(TT)for which confirmation was 48hrs or above, because of the time factor, =
petitions could come from various organizations stopping your payment and a=
sking you to pay huge fee which would be difficult for you to pay so that t=
hey can benefit from the huge interest your fund generates while still in t=
he Bank. Those methods are not safe for you because it is not done within t=
he bank alone as information of the payment would be sent to the Central Co=
ntrol Unit (CCU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance and office of the Accou=
ntant General of the Federation.
As a God Fearing Christian, I have nothing to gain by keeping your fund, I=
want to assist you receive your fund before my boss resumes office. You ha=
ve to follow up and work with me now, so keep this very confidential. Your =
present/valid account co-ordinates and amount to be claimed so that I do no=
t transfer your fund to the wrong Bank Account.
You are advise to forward your
Full Name:
Your contact address:
Your phone number:
Your Occupation:
Your Sex: Male
Your Date of Birth:
To enable me open a domiciliary account for you {Be informed that opening =
account is free} Although there are terms and conditions for the activation.

Awaiting your urgent response,
Mr. Kenneth Effiong

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