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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 Godwin Emefiele CBN <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:29:59 -0700
Subject: RE: Re: Your $450,000,000.00 Funds Ready For Claimed

*AttentionI must apologize for the inconvenient my previous government has
cause you to receive your contract funds from the Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Well now that everything is under my control
globally you can see how we are fighting corruption all over the world, i
find out that your due payment is still kept waiting to be paid to you
there in your country. Your total funds with interest with the NNPC is
about $450,000,000.00 and i want you to note that i have given an order to
the accountant general in charge to issue out this payment to you with
immediately effect after which all legal protocol have been meant including
the document needed to be paid for by you.You are advised to pay all
charges imposed on your funds for clearance purposes and transfer,then the
accountant general will have to employed the services of a lawyer on your
behalf to signed all legal document on your behalf and be informed that
there is no way this fee can be deducted from the principal funds due to
new banking policy here and don't even mention deduction from the principal
funds $450,000,000.00 to the person you are to contact because it is
impossibleNote:The total fee to pay to get all this document for the
release of this fund's $450,000,000.00 is US$198,500.00 United State
Dollars.Below Are the list of documents needed to be secured and signed
before your funds $450,000.000.00 can be released to you and the total cost
of the document is US$198,500.00 and i will advise you also to make the
US$198,500.00 transfer done with immediate effect .*

*So make sure the Transferring of the US$198,500.00 is done quickly after
making contact with them,note that accountant general will not respond to
you if you did not follow instructions given to you therein,so your next
email to him should be how you are to transfer the US$198,500.00 fee to
him for securing the document for your release of your said funds
$450,000,000.00 and a definitely date must be given when you are sending
the payment.Below again are the documents you are paying US$198,500.00 for
and it will take 72hours working days for those documents to be
available.DIST, iplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer
CertificateInternational Remittance File,Irrevocable Presidential Permit
(IPP),Homeland Clearance Certificate,Deduction is impossible from the
principal funds so take note of that as earlier been told,if not the
accountant general will not respond back to you.So contact the office in
charge now and ask them how you are to start transferring the fee
TRANSFER for the document mentioned above so as to procure the document
before your funds $450,000,000.00 can be released .NAME :Mr Mele
KyariEmail: <>Email: <>Phone
*Office Of The Presidency*

*Office Of The NNPC*
*Office Of The Minister Of Finance*

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