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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: "Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama, CFR" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:19:28 -0700
Subject: Code conduct (atm-222)

Attention: Beneficiary,
This is to officially inform you that we have verified your inheritance file and found out that why you have not received
your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your inheritance payment.
Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure
the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like this have to stop if you wish to
receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. Right now we have arranged your payment
through our swift card payment center Asia pacific that is the latest instruction from Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari
(gcfr) president federal republic of Nigeria and federal ministry of finance.
This card center will send you an atm card which you will use to withdraw your money in any atm machine in any part of the
world, but the maximum is three thousand dollars per day, so if you wish to receive your fund this way please let us know
by contacting the card payment center and also send the following information to enable him proceed immediately:
1. Full name: 
2. Phone and fax number:
3. Address were you want them to send
The atm card to (p.o box not acceptable):
4. Your age and current occupation:
However, kindly find below the contact person:
Mr.Godwin E
Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
Direct Tel: +234 8038739243
The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out $10,000,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2017. Also
for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches
in receiving your ATM payment.
Make sure you contact Mr.Godwin E, with this  Direct Tel: +234 8038739243 as soon as you receive this important message for
further direction and also update me on any development from the above mentioned office. Note that because of impostors, we
hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (atm-222) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center
by using it as your subject.
Best regards,
Honourable Minister
of Foreign Affairs.
Geoffrey Jideofor Kwusike Onyeama, CFR
Address: No. 3Maputo Street, Wuse
Zone 3,Abuja
Code conduct (atm-222)

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