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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.Adams Li" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Adams Li" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:45:31 +0000 (UTC)


I am Mr.Adams,Pay Master General of the Federation,I wish to inform you that we have received authentic approval and instruction directly from our President,Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay you,your outstanding Inheritance Sum of $8.5million (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars).

It has become considerably emergent that we have been directed to take this measure due to the much embarrassment being caused to certain foreign beneficiaries and the federal republic of Nigeria due to questionable circumstances with which some greedy officials of the Bank's in Nigeria always request for up front payment from contractors and beneficiaries before their payment is released.

All approvals required for this payment have been issued in your favour including the original document and payment instructions already forwarded to my office today.To enable you receive your payment within 72hrs I need you to confirm the required details.However,I will ensure that your payment is smooth,fast and successful.Therefore,I want you to personally know that the preferred method of receiving your fund is through the underlisted means:

1.Telegraphic Transfer(TT) which wires Funds directly to your own bank account.
2.Electronic Payment via ATM Value Scratch Card.

You are expected to reply urgently today with your requested information bellow and let us know your most preferred method of payment to enable this Office proceed with the modalities of releasing ofyour Funds in your favour also you are adviced to send to this office your direct contact information including your Cell Phone Number.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Adams Li.
Chairman,Investigation and Debt Settlement Committee.

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