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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, 15 Feb 2021 17:11:46 -0600

Floor),Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue,Central Business District,P.M.B.
532, GarkiAbuja, Nigeria.Website: <>*

*Direct Tel: +234 708 644 9077 *

Dear Beneficiary,

I write you on my capacity as the Director General of Debt Management
Office of Nigeria

Upon my assumption of office, I have investigated and found out that your
inheritance funds valued US$15 Million have not been released to you over
a long time.

This is very sad because enough funds were mapped out for your payment and
that of other beneficiaries.

Your delayed payment was caused by the corrupt bank officials and I have
written a petition against them and all of them have been arrested and now
been prosecuted in the Law Court.

My job is to investigate all outstanding debts owed to Foreign
Beneficiaries and affect their immediate payment.

You are one of the beneficiaries that are qualified to receive their
payment and this is the reason I am contacting.

You are entitled to receive the sum of US$15,000,000.00(Fifteen Million
United States Dollars) as inheritance payment.

You are required to send the following:

1. Full Names
2. Address
3.Telephone Number
4. Any of your National Identity
5. Your Bank information

The above required information is needed for processing and transferring
your funds.

Your immediate response will facilitate your early payment.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Mrs. Patience Oniha
Director-General, Debt Management Office, Nigeria

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