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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: "(EFCC) FUNDS DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 20:21:23 +0500


I write to notify you as a delegate from the Nigerian Government Reimbursement Committee under the strict supervision of the Financial Crimes Commission (FCC) to pay 500 victims of Nigerian 419 scam. A sum of US$7,500,000:00 (Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) has been allotted to be paid to each of these 500 individuals.

You were listed as one of the beneficiaries of these payments. Hence you are expected to get back to us for your immediate reimbursement.

Note that this action is taken to redeem the good image of our country, thus the approval by our President for the immediate payment of US$7,500,000:00 United States Dollars each to the victims in accordance with the U.N. recommendations.

Due to the corrupt nature of government officials, this payments is to be made by Platinum Bank PLC under the funding assistance of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

About 200 beneficiaries have been paid already, more than 50% of the victims are from the United States, while the others are from other parts of the world.

As regard this on-going development, we have over 200 suspects in our custody, 135 already jailed in various prisons, some are awaiting trial, however, we are still searching for others. We sincerely do hope that you will co-operate with us by providing vital information that could lead to the arrest of other hoodlums/fraudsters.

You are hereby forewarned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason whatsoever to avoid any breach. It may interest you to know that the United States Secret Service in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have formed a coalition/task force to track these criminals down, in order not to jeopardize our effort, you are required to keep this correspondence secret until these criminals are apprehended.

Do contact the government liaison attorney in charge of your reimbursement Chief Justice, Walter Samuel Nkwanu Onnoghen, via e-mail:
Tell: +234-818-399-9036

Do send him your personal information in the format below.

Your Name in full: ________________________

Your Telephone Number: +________________________

Your Contact Residence Address: #_______________________

For clarity, "Justice Walter Samuel Nkwanu Onnoghen" is well informed about your compensation, contact him immediately without delay. He is waiting to hear from you. Most importantly, do note that your earliest response to this correspondence will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Bello Adamu Bajoga

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