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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: "Hon.Walter Samuel" <>
Reply-To: "Hon.Walter Samuel" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:54:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Federal High Court of Nigeria,

Federal High Court of Nigeria,
Address. Shehu Shagari Way, Central District Abuja.
P.M.B 389 FCT Abuja,Nigeria
Office Line: +234 8020585271

Attn. Dear Sir/Madam!

Please my dear the entire High Court Of Ecowas Federal Republic of Nigeria are here to make it clear to you that there was a case that was been handling in this ECOWAS since JANUARY 3rd 2019 concerning your funds because we got some reports that you did not received your funds since after every story you heard regarding the funds and all type of payments you have be paid to receive the funds but none is received by you. And we are hereby to know the truth because the person that is in charge of the transaction said in this court here that you have received your funds and confirmed to him that you received your funds,Please we are here to hear the truth from you, because according to the president of this country Mr Muhammadu Buhari, he told us that you did not receive your funds since last year , he stated that his office did not have your name in file of those who received their funds from Nigeria. Please here below is what we want you to answer to enable us to handle this case normal as the reporter said that it has been done to you.

(1)Do you receive any money from Africa............?.
(2)If you received money from him, how much.............?
(3)Through which way, bank or courier do you received the money from.?
(4) Is it true that you received money through western union .......?
(5) In which date or year.......................?
(6)Which authority approve the file .............?

More ever, the only amount found as your funds $10.5000,000.00 through your names, address and contact mobile details in which we have with us here that proved to us you are the really owner of the said unclaimed funds,So you are advice to update this court the way you wish whether you will come down in person to collect your fund yourself. And you should re-confirm your full information to this HIGH COURT as to proof to us that really you are the case client for us to close check with the information we have with us here in monitoring searchlight system.

A...Your full Name..............
B...Your home address.......
C......Telephone number......
D....Your occupation...........
E...Country.................. .....
F..your international passport/or drivers license /or state I.D

Also froward the major e-mail they used to scam you because we needs it for more investigation in other to make sure that we get them arrested. I means their names, their emails, their phone numbers and office addresses according to our programs and constitutions, you are advise to come down to this country Federal Republic of Nigeria to appear before this court and sign your proper paper and collect your funds from us hand to hand. Remember,the reason why we advice you to come down in person to collect your fund yourself is because many Peoples were complaining about Fraudsters every day from Nigeria and we are trying to stop this fraudulent from Nigeria and assuring you that it will stop because we are now working with the IP operations and as well with FBI, we want you to keep this (F-H-C-E-B-R) because this will ensure and Alert you in any day you receive from a scam e-mail from this country and as soon as you comply with your full contact information requested, we will forward everything to the Nigeria presidency office to issue out your funds certificate as the rightful beneficiary.

Get back in regarding of the fund to be made available to you in any way you wish and also any beneficiary are required to come down : But if he/she is unable or refuse to come down he/she required to pay sum of $85 for the None-Residence Minister Imprinter who will stand/sign on his/her behalf, With sum $85, the Minister Imprinter sign out your fund certificate as the rightful beneficiary ,so as to avoid any scam and the fee is just $85. So if you are not coming down here bear it in mind that you will pay sum of $85 Or if you have somebody whom you trusted you may send him or her to come and get your $10.500,000.00 on your behalf and try to

inform his or her to come to this office to sign or you pay $85 because is mandated according to the instruction. Do not delay because there is no time to be wasting any more since your case has been issued to treat on this month. Without wasting time, if you choose to send $85 for the Minister Imprinter, meaning you should use below details. therefore we are waiting to hear from you with payment information or the date of your coming. Try to comply as urgent as because every necessary arrangement has bening made already.

Receiver: Louis Benard
Country: Nigeria
City: Abuja
Answer: $85

We are hereby assuring you that they will be arrested and you must confirm them yourself.

Yours Sincerely,
Chief Justice of Nigeria
Mr. Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen

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