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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 Mr Chukwuma Okeh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2021 08:12:42 -0700
Subject: Re: Code Number 811.

From: Ministry of Finance
Federal Capital Territory,
Abuja,  Nigeria.
Re: Code Number 811
Sequel to the taking over of the Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari in 2019,  be informed that he has instructed
that all outstanding foreign
cases should be
compensated immediately through this office. We discovered that you were mislead by some officers who took
advantage of you as a result of
demanding one payment after another from you instead of releasing your funds to you.
You are warned to stop further communication with anybody that is not from this office in respect of your payment
with effect from today if
you wish to receive your fund successfully without further delay. Your payment file is right here with us and we
are set to complete your
payment immediately as instructed by President Mohammed Buhari through the Ministry of Finance, who has approved
the sum of $500,000.000.00
(Five Hundred Million United States Dollar Only), to be shared among the affected scam victims within and outside
Note: that we have been mandated to issue out $750,000.00 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS
ONLY) as a part
payment to you for this fiscal year 2021 that will be paid through bank transfer directly to your bank account
(Through Diplomatic
Delivery directly to your address), if you will like to receive your fund this week let us know immediately by
contacting me upon the
receipt of this notification and also reconfirm the following information for the processing of your compensation
1. Names and Address:
2. Occupation:
3. Phone Number:
4. Scanned copy of your ID:
5. Choose Mode of Payment: A. Direct Bank Transfer, 2. Through Diplomatic Delivery.
While we advise you to stop further communication with anybody with effect from today no matter what the person
might claim to be so
that you don't lost your hard earned money to impostors again.
We hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is (code: 811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting us
by using it as your
subject because of your last experience.
Yours sincerely,
Okeh Chukwuma Jude
Chairman, Foreign Debt Settlement Committee
Ministry of Finance, Abuja Nigeria.
Telephone Number: +2348023833154

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