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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: "Barrister.Ahmed Ali" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2020 03:20:33 -0800
Subject: YOUR ($8.500,000.USD) IS READY TO SEND TO YOU NOW.

High Court of the Federal Capital
Territory Plot 426 Tigris Crescent Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
Maitama, Abuja, FCT · 09 273 3084

ATTN: Fund Beneficiary!

I am a Barrister from the Federal High Court Republic of Nigeria, I am
writing this email to inform you officially that your fund file has
been approved by the Presidential Office here and we have sent your
information to Federal Ministry of Finance to release your fund
immediately. The Office of Federal High Court Nigeria has taken charge
after a long delay by other agencies like IMF, due to mismanagement.
It is important to know that I am the Attorney General who applied to
release of your fund totaling Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars ($8.500,000.USD) Yes, I did it because it has
become known and shameful to our government that some of agencies here
could not handle an international transaction, as such. We do
apologize for the mismanagement of the IMF and other agencies and
advise you to quit communication with any of them. Your fund will be
released to you soon:you will not face any disappointment in this

Furthermore, we had the Ambassador of your country here signed stamped
your fund documents in our office. This is legally because it will
ensure that the government of your country will not stop your fund
when you start withdrawing.Finally, it is interesting to know that the
management of Ministry of Economy and Finance (Nigeria) had issued an
irrevocable approval order with Release Code: GNC/3480/02/22 in your
favor for the inheritance entitlement/award winning payment.
Transaction ID: #8345014. To this effect, International monetary fund
(IMF) has deposited your fund since 17th July 2020. Hence, you are to
contact the current Minister of Economy and Finance (Nigeria), at
below information for instructions on how to get your funds:

Name: (Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed),
Tel: (00234 7018633 054)

Yours Faithfully,
Barrister.Ahmed Ali

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