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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: "Director of Operation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:19:19 -0700
Subject: Attention

We offer Grant of US$250 million dollar for Farmers,Ranchers, and Small scale Entrepreneurs from the Directorate of Project Development(DOPD). This Grant is for Experienced Farmers, Ranchers and Small Scale Entrepreneurs who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources.Loan amounts range from $500,000.00 to $2,000,000.00 and $2,000,000.00 to $5,000,000.00 (Amount Varies Based on Applicant Capability).Ministry of National Development (MOND) is the sponsor of this facility.
My name is Mr. Evans Ofuegbu, the Director of Operations in the Directorate of Project Development .Last year I made an arrangement with one Mr.Michael McNulty a national of the United State of America in the state of Wisconsin to hold on my behalf the sum of $15 Million to be used for investment,the money was slated to move in three phase of $5 Million at each phase.We worked together and obtained all the papers needed to transfer the first $5 Million but as soon as the fund was confirmed in his bank account he disconnected his phone line 715 694 5761 and disappeared. His was staying at #45, Peterson Rd,Black River Fall, Wisconsin.
My tenure as the Director of Operation in the Directorate of Project Development (DOPD) will end by this year  and I donít want the opportunity I have here in making myself rich to be wasted hence I am contacting you to work with me and keep on my behalf for investment the balances sum $10Million.
As a civil servant still under services of my government I am barred from operating foreign account and I would not deposit this amount in my local account here because I had declared my asset immediately I was appointed into my present position. I will make you my investment manager after a commission of $2Million from the $10Million for your kind help and I pray I will not be disappointed again.I seek for your corporation and sincerity towards this business.
1) can you handle this project?
2) can i give you this trust?
Please contact me immediately via email with your complete names and numbers (Phone and Fax) and I will get back to you explain areas you felt you want to know better.
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Evans Ofuegbu
Director of Operation

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