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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: "Mrs.Abisilah Odede." <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:45:48 -0700
Subject: Mrs.Abisilah Odede

Mrs. Abisilah Odede the secretary to the Federal Ministry of Finance Republ=
ic of Nigerian west Africa to be precise, I hereby to bring to your notice =
about your immediate payments of $3.8m.your funds $3.8m has being deposited=
to the Guarantee Trust Bank Plc (GTB) and this deposit was made officially=
by our seating president Alhaji. Mohamed Buhari with this deposit certific=
ate number,200089748 and he order the said bank to transfer the funds to yo=
ur account as soon as you contact them. During his campaign for his second =
term in the office of the president then he received a lot of complaint fro=
m the international community and united nations as well that a lot of scam=
s has being going on in this country and with this reason he vow that if he=
assume the office for the second term as president then he is going to dea=
l with the issue of the scammers and pay the people that were involves on i=
t in the pass And your name was found on the list that was submitted to our=
office recently that your yet to be paid. And through the legal informatio=
n arrives to us here that most of the scammers are using western union and =
MoneyGram for the scamming activities, telling the innocent people that wes=
tern union will pay them such big amount of money. We want to let you know =
today that western union has no right to handle such payments so stop wasti=
ng your time with them. Your funds $3.8m can only be transfer to your Accou=
nt online by Guarantee Trust Bank Plc the appointed bank by the federal gov=
ernment to transfer your funds directly to your account once you contact th=
em with all your bank details. The funds were available at the bank now and=
the bank Manager Mr.Abbey Billy has being waiting for you to contact them =
today for your payments. So contact the Guarantee Trust Bank Immediately yo=
u receive this email message and you can also call the Manager on phone and=
ask him to transfer your funds into your provided account. This is the Con=
tact E-mail Address of the GUARANTEE TRUST BANK PLC.(GTB) Contact E-mail..(= Contact Person Mr.Abbey Billy Manager Telephone +234-=
8036343585 Please Do not forget to contact the Guarantee Trust Bank Plc wit=
h all your bank details such as follows 1. Full Name And Address ...... 2. =
Your Bank Account Number.. 3.Swift Code Number.. 4. The Bank Name .........=
.. 5. The address of your bank.... Note that the funds were deposited with =
the Insurance bond and this is the insurance certificate number, 0529, So f=
eel free to contact the directed Bank Immediately ,The Guarantee Trust Bank=
May request the fee of $125.00 from you which will serve as the NON- RESID=
ENT FEE as you don=92t have an account with them according to the Bank Mana=
ger. And the $125.00 was the only fee needed on this transaction and as you=
are contacting them today then ask them where you can send the $125.00 to =
them to get your funds transferred to your account online immediately. Do l=
et me know immediately you receive the funds. God bless you as I wait to he=
ar from you soon. Your Faithfully Mrs.Abisilah Odede From Federal Ministry =
of Finance.

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