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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: Barrister mallam <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:25:26 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS

This is to inform you that in the course of my investigation as
director of payment verification / implementation committee I came
across your name as unpaid fund beneficiary ($10,200,000).in the record of the
central bank and other banks that are suppose to get your funds
released to you. My committee was set up by the payment reconciliation
committee to verify and scrutinize all outstanding debts owed to our
foreign beneficiaries in accordance to the information received from
the United States government and other countries over unpaid huge
debts owed to Foreigners.Having seen your file and my further questioning to
the officials of the central bank and ministry of finance When I asked
them why they didn’t
deduct the said charges from your principal sum, I was given the
flimsy excuse that you never authorized them to do so. When I put the
question across to them if they ever advised you that such charges
could be deducted from your principal fund,the answer I got was no.
Now, if you do not tell this beneficiary that such charges could be
deducted from his or her principal fund, how will he or she know that
such options are available for such beneficiaries.

The only Requirements that qualifies the Fund beneficiaries for
deduction is the procurement of an Affidavits. As soon we get an
Affidavits from you,There must be a legal right to deduct every other
expenses. Note,It Your Civil responsibility to take care of the cost
for the Affidavits Procurement from the Federal High Court before the
deduction can be effective.

You are advised to re-confirm to us the below information or call me
immediately for more details.
Your Name:
Your Address:
Your Phone:
Your Mobile:
Your Email:
Your Occupation:
Your Sex:
Your Age.
Your International passport/drive lenience

all you are required to do is swear to an affidavit at the federal
high court of Nigeria, authorizing the bank to deduct all charges from
your principal fund and transfer the balance of funds after deduction
to your bank account. If you have spent any money in the past in your
quest for payment, kindly let me know so that I can follow this up.You
can reach me on my phone or email for
directive( on how you can get the
deduction done as soon under the Condition of taking care of the
Affidavits Cost procurement.

Yours sincerely,

Barrister Mallam Abubakar Malam.
Attorney General of the Federation
& Minister of Justice (Barrister)

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