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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. Edward Adamu" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 07:29:17 -0700
Subject: Re: Your fund US$10.5M is ready for Transfer

Attn: Esteemed Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract / inheritance/ Compensation fund file and found out that you have not received your fund US$10.5M.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank have been authorized by the President to release and transfer your fund into your account under Seven working days,
So you forward your name,address and direct telephone number for further verification on how your fund US$10.5M should be transferred.

Kindly call or sms me on: +2347058448892.


Mr. Edward Adamu
Deputy Governor,
Director Foreign Remittance
Central Bank,Nigeria
Mobile: +2347058448892

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