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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:

Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:42:03 -0900

Dear sir/Madam,

We are happy to inform you that, President Muhammadu Buhari, president
Federal Republic of Nigeria has on this new year Federal Executive
Council (FEC) meeting, instructed that, all payment be made to
beneficiaries without further delay.

This instruction takes effect immediately and without protocols which
means that, all charges, fees and taxes are hereby waved as you are
ONLY expected to pay the AAFIDAVIT AND STAMP DUTY of $180 only.this is
because no court would issue AFFIDAVIT free hence, all stipulating
approval documents shall be forwarded to you.

This development supersedes every arrangement made before now for debt
settlement. The move is to restore our long lost international
credibility due to corrupt officials.this move will also help to lift
SOME VISA ban imposed on Nigeria by some European and American

You are to respond to this notice with your bank information where
your fund is to be wired into along with the $180 Telegraphic screen
fee only.

Once this is done, we are obligated to transfer your fund as
instructed without protocols or hitch.

Be guided.

Mr. Miji Amidu
Director-General, special assignment, debt management office FGN
NDIC Building (1st Floor),Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue,
Central Business District,
P.M.B. 532, Garki Abuja, Nigeria
Direct phone: +234-9067445407

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