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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 10:51:39 +0000

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From: Senator Ignatius Longjohn
Senate Committee Chairman on foreign payment.
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Good day Sir,

You have been notified earlier with this message that your payment file is
among the files that has been moved to the office of the Minister of
Finance Federal Republic of Nigeria Mrs. Zainab Ahmed for payment via swift
bank to bank transfer, this is in a quest to settle all UN-paid foreign
debts on contract/inheritance claim of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
before the end of the year 2020.

Be advised therefore to contact her immediately with her contact details
below and reconfirm your details to her such as the following details below
to enable her finalize on your payment release and instruct for the swift
wire transfer of your fund US$10,500,000.00 only to your account before end
of the fiscal year 2020.

i. Bank name and address:
ii. Swift code:
iii. Account number and Account name:
iv. Beneficiary address in full and telephone number:

Kindly send the above requested details to her immediately so that she can
start the processing of your fund swift wire transfer or via online process
immediately. Her contact details is:

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed
Minister of Finance
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Private email:

Note that if you have been in contact with her before that is good
therefore be advised to continue and follow directives for the easy and
smooth swift transfer of your fund to your account. Mrs. Zainab Ahmed is
already notified that you will contact her so go ahead and contact her as
directed above.

Yours Sincerely,

Senator Ignatius Longjohn
Senate Committee Chairman on foreign payment.
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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