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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: "Saraki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:07:49 +0100

From the Desk of Senator Bukola Saraki,
Senate President,Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
Asokoro District,Area F,Garki-Abuja.
Email Address;(
Office Line,+234 80 57717 287
Direct Mobile TEL: +234_8165413640


Attention: Sir/Madam

I am Dr Bukola Saraki, the senate president,Federal Republic Of
Nigeria,(upper chamber), I decided to contact you based on the
information we gathered concerning your
contract/inheritance funds, which we are still unable to pay you.

After our yesterday sitting concerning foreign matters and debts
reconciliation,we discovered through our payment files that your
contract/inheritance payment are still unpaid to you and we tried to
find out why you have not received your payment up till this moment
and we could not find out any good reason why the officials of our
apex bank decided to stop your payment and we also discovered in our
files that you have made several payment in order to receive your
payment but all to no avail.

We have summoned some of our officials like: Dr. Tunde Lemo, Prof..
Charles Soludo,Dr. James Okuku and Mrs. Stella Dike and the rest of
the directors to query them why they have not paid you after all the
time and money you have spent so far and at the end of our query and
investigation we discovered that they want to frustrate you so that
you will abandon your funds for them to divert it into their personal
account overseas for there personal use.

Based on this we have stopped them from handling any foreign
contractors/inheritance payments to avoid them not to tarnish the
image of our country and bank ,so if you are in any way communicating
or dealing with any body or person(s) in regards to your payment, you
are now advised to stop and any money you send to any of them is at
your own risk.

For the fact that your payment has been delayed for so long with us
and you have gone many ways to receive the payment by bank to bank
transfer all to
no avail because of the stop order and demands of several certificates
and documentations. We have therefore concluded after our yesterday
meeting with
the Presidency that all the contractors/inheritance beneficiaries will
be receiving their overdue payment via Cash Diplomatic Payment
Delivery Direct to your door step where you will receive your payment.

This is the only way you will receive your payment without stress or
more expenses. All the necessary arrangements regarding the delivery
of your payment has been put to place only waiting to hear from you as
soon as you receive this message today.

As soon as we hear from you, we shall disclose to you the amount to be
paid to you and how the money is arranged for delivery and the name of
the person in charge of delivering the money to you.

After going through this mail, you are required to furnish us with the
following information below so to avoid impostors or paying to the
wrong person(s).

1. Your full house address:
2. Your identity such as, international passport or driver's license:
3. Your contact cell phone numbers:
4. Your Full Name:

Note: It was mandated by Federal Government of Nigeria to finalize
with your payment on or before next week Wednesday so as to update our
payment record before the month runs out. Therefore, you are advice to
respond to this message immediately and call me as you read this mail.

Best Regards,
Senator Bukola Saraki,
Senate President,Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
Asokoro District,Area F,Garki-Abuja.
Email Address;(
Office Line,+234 80 57717 287
Direct Mobile TEL: +234_8165413640

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