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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: kelly edison <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:30:09 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary!


This is Barrister Oscar Louise. The Secretary of the Treasury for
International Affairs in a senior position within the Togo Department
of the Treasury Federal Ministry of Finance on international wire

You are to reply through my email address (
because this is to inform you that your fund was brought to my desk
because the director & management of the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA have
declared to divert your fund to the government treasury account just
because you can not pay the wire transfer fee. In reasoning wisely to
this complaint I told them to wait until I heard from you today, so
that I will know the reason why you decided to reject such an amount
of money USD$1.500.000.00 which is your rightful & legal inheritance
fund, just because of the transfer fee.

The reason why i sent this email to you is because its your sweat and
for this reason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if
you can send USD$187.00 today because i have already arranged your
wires ready for its daily wires to you but failing to do this, i will
allow them to have power over your fund and am very sorry if you
failed as this is the last chance.

Therefore, send the USD$187.00 immediately you receive this email
today and email your full name and address to me if you want your
USD$1.500.000.00 be send to you by western union OR MoneyGram transfer
but the maximum amount officially allow for it per day wire to you is
USD$200,000.00 per day until you receive your complete
USD$1.500.000.00 from here . The second option is for you to send me
the full details of your bank account if you want your fund to be
fully transferred by direct bank to bank wire transfer to your account
at once. After you have sent the $187.00 and email me the mtcn
numbers, you are to indicate your wish to receive your funds as I have
stated above and the funds will be released to you without any hitch.

Here is the western union or MoneyGram information in the name of my
accountant to avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that I
have done my best for you and I will make sure that your wire will
begin to be released to you from the moment you send this $187.00 .

Send the $187.00 now and send me email with the western union mtcn or
MoneyGram reference numbers when you send the money , you can as well
send me a message to my whatsapp number +228 79447845 when you have
sent the money now ok .

Receiver Name:. . . Paul Okeke
Pay-Out Country:. . Togo
Pay-Out City : Lome.
Amount to send: . .$187.00

Send it and email the MTCN control number, amount sent, name and
address of sender to me for easy collection and once again remember to
reply through this my email address (
Barr. Oscar Louise.

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