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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: "Dr.Greg Dada" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:56:54 +0100
Subject: To whom it may concern : Contract Payment with PAYMENT (FILE NO. - PED/OXG/4780/18).

Metropolitan Police Service - Working together for a safer Nigeria
Lion Building House Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria.
Tel: +234 -7019479416

Our Ref: FTF/DPT/FUND-XXXNG............. Your Ref:......................

Date 29th August, 2018

To whom it may concern : Contract Payment with PAYMENT (FILE NO. -

$16,500,000.00 USD



Congratulations to you. I am directed with this great news to inform
you that Mr.President has empowered the Investigation bureau office of the
Economic & Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to curb all illicit
transaction which we have confirmed that you have been paying unsolicited
and sending money through Western union and Money gram, in the process to
receive your fund to fake agencies claiming to work for us.

It is quite unfortunate that many things has gone wrong in the past with
delay receiving your fund before now based on the information we have
received through the investigation office of the (EFCC) on how you have
been sending Thousands of Dollars to unapproved and swinglers over the past
years now with no end claiming to be a government officials.

The good news for you now,is that we have arrested 13 persons from both
International Monetary Fund United Nations,and other BANKS officials who
are behind these evil acts to extort money from foreign citizens abroad in
the name to assist you re-claim your funds

Note,these are impostors, and enemies to the Nigeria government to tarnish
the good reputation of Nigeria,internationally for there selfish interest
and to enrich there pockets.

However,it is a great pleasure to inform you that we have concluded all
modalities in place to ensure that your long expected overdue inheritance
fund in total amount of $16,500,000.00 USD is finally transfer to your
account now that the Nigeria government has come up with the new policy to
checkmate all agencies and to fish out every corrupt persons and hoodlums
that have be spoiling the good image of our great country in and misleading
innocent citizens to fraudulent activities.

We therefore urge you to respond back immediately to this email by
providing all your:

(1)Full Names

(2)Banking details

(3)Means of identifications I:D

(4)Direct Phone/Fax for the immediate fund release as soon as possible.

Please you need to act fast because we have setup a pannel that will
monitor this transaction and to ensure that your righful overdue
inheritance is transfer to you without any further delay.

You are advice to call me as soon as possible via Tel: +234 -7019479416
for directives on how to receive your payment urgently.


Yours in service
Dr.Greg Dada
(Monitoring Department)for Mr.President

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