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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: "Mr.IDRIS" <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 17:26:25 +0100
Subject: Re: Certificate of Deduction


*Address**: Treasury House, Ladoke Akintola Boulevard,*

* 5 Zaria Street, Garki Abuja. *

Website: http://www.oagfnig.or
DATE: 21st, May, 2021

It is a good pleasure to inform you regarding the latest development in the
Central Bank over arrears of foreign contractors. The federal Government
had made it easy for all the section (A)-(B) Contractors/ beneficiaries for
them to have their certificate of deduction so that all the charges that
may come up will be deducted from their total fund. This certificate of
Deduction is for free for all the contractors/beneficiary of Section (A) as
long as you will be in person in Nigeria. You are now advise to come down
to ABUJA, FEDERAL CAPITAL of Nigeria to process your Certificate of
Deduction, this will only take you two days to round up and have your
payment wired to your
bank account. This exercise will last only two weeks. But if you know that
you cannot be able to come down to Nigeria, which means you have to contact
MR Felix Simon the Director of this committee for him to help you and get
this certificate on your behalf, and you will also send him a letter of
Authorization to authorize him to do this on your behalf. This will not
cost you money to get this certificate; it will help you to solve your
problem once and for all. Immediately you have this certificate of
Deduction with you, no more upfront payment till you have your payment in
your bank account. For your information, here is the contact of the
CHAIRMAN of the Committee:


You should try and contact him if you know that you cannot be able to come
down to Nigeria, then ask him how much it will take you for him to do this
for you, if you know that you cannot be able to come down to Nigeria. Call
his mobile line in 1hr time so that he will highlight you more.

Thanks and remain blessed as I will like to hear from you soon.

MR. William Fowler

Director Financial stability
Federal Ministry of Finance

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