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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: "Ambassador w. Stuart Symington" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2019 15:56:55 +0100

THIS MAIL IS ONLY FOR THE OWNER OF THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS CONSULATE OFFICE OF UNITD STATES OF AMERICA 2 Walter Carrington Crescent Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria EMAIL: DIRECT PHONE NO:234-905886874 DIRECT FAX NO:5668868743 REF: FCC/10746/VCP3-14 DEAR SIR/MADAM This is sequel to the meeting we had on Thursday with the director of ministry of finance, to inform you that the total amount of your inheritance fund approved by Nigerian Government to remit to you. We have decided to take this issue upon ourselves to safeguard you from these criminal minded individuals whose only interest was to extort money from you. This is inline with the agreement i signed with the Nigerian Government on my assumption of office as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, resulting from complains we receive daily on scams in Nigeria and Africa, Asia and Europe etc. So you are hereby advised to contact my office on the above email and phone number, reconfirm your full name, mailing/billing information, a direct phone /fax numbers the name of your next of kin and a copy of your international passport or driver's licences identification for record purpose and effective delivery of your ATM CREDIT CARD. However always keep me posted as soon as you receive your ATM CREDIT CARD value of your fund, we have calculated and approved the arrival of your ATM CREDIT CARD to be within three working days upon the receipt of the above details. Regards, Mr. W. Stuart Symington. United States Consulate to Nigeria

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