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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 Bolaji F. Owansanoye" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 03:51:06 -0500

Plot 802, Constitution Avenue,
Zone A9, Central Area,
PMB 535, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel-Fax: +2347016459840– Office of the Chairman

Motto: Fighting Corruption In/Out Nigeria.


It is my duty to pass this information to you through this medium
believing that you will take your time to properly study the facts
contained in the message. As a matter of fact, i want to let you know that
i am Mr Bolaji F. Owansanoye who was assigned by United Nations
Consignment Recovery Committee here in Nigeria to inform you about the
recovery consignment with full details of your consignment which the
united nations diplomatic agent is ready to deliver to your doorstep
without any hitch. I am hereby bringing to your immediate notice and
urgent attention that United Nations in collaboration with Delivery
department and the African Union have finally approved the release of your

A woman by name Mrs. Janet Woody & some Men including a foreigner came to
united nations consignment recovery office with an application letter
stating that you are dead and that you have instructed her to be the
beneficiary also that you told her to act as your Next of Kin to receive
your consignment in her address. United Nations wanted to know if this is
true that is why they asked me to confirm from you.If you at any time gave
this woman & Co the power of attorney to represent you also if you are
aware the delivery of your consignment/fund of $3.5 Million will be
delivered to the below Address:

1155 Duke Street,
Alexandria, Virginia

If no,please re-confirm your Name,Address, Cell Number to enable united
nations proceed for the delivery of your consignment to your doorstep
without any more delay. If you are not aware of the above information, do
immediately re-confirm your correct address details so that the
consignment/funds can be delivered to your provided address with no
further delay.I wish to hear from you immediately to enable me direct you
to your accredited diplomat who is coming to your doorstep for the
delivery of your consignment to you without any hitch.

Awaits your immediate prompt response.

Thank you!

Mr Bolaji F. Owansanoye
Chairman and Specialist Crime and Operations,
Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC)
Abuja, Nigeria.

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