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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: "Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:42:21 -0800


*Dear Beneficiary,I am Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, The Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria. I write to
informed you that we have received an instruction from United Nations
Headquarters New York City United States, I received an instruction with
authorized letter to compensate Two Hundred and fifty thousand scammed
victims from U.S.A, Europe, Canada, United Arab Emirates,Bahrain, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, South America, UK, Australia,Asia and Africa Continent
through swift ATM Master Card as a global compensatory settlement from the
Federal Government of Nigeria to recompense the scammed victims those who
has lost their businesses.Note we have arranged your payment through ATM
Master Card and this will be issued on your Name and it shall be posted
directly to your address by the courier services available in your country
upon your contact with us. The sum of US$2.000,000.00 compensatory
settlement will be credited into the ATM Master Card and enable you to
withdraw your funds through ATM Machine in your country with a maximum
withdrawal of US$2.000.00 per day. Your limit can be increase to any amount
upon your request.In this regards, you are to furnish us with the requested
information below for issuance and delivery of your ATM Master Card at your
doorstep address without any further delay; I will do anything humanly
possible to ensure you receive your compensatory settlement once you comply
bank rules.1. Your Name:2. Country :3. Age :4. Occupation :5. Mobile
Telephone:6. Delivery Address:Your urgent response needed to this email as
directed to avoid further delay in receiving your ATM Master Card at your
doorstep address.Yours faithfully,Dr. Adesola Kazeem AdeduntanManaging
Director/Chief ExecutiveOfficer of First Bank of Nigeria*
*Contact Email: <>*

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