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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, 12 Apr 2021 00:37:31 -0700
Subject: my subject


This is to bring to your notice about the final conclusion of the meeting held by the Federal Executive Council few days ago to release
all payment to the foreign Beneficiaries of which your name is among.

You are to receive a part-payment of sum of US$5,500,000 dollars. You are required to indicate if you are still interested in getting your

I wait to hear from you.

Yours Faithfully,

Federal Audit Department
Foreign Debt Management

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