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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: Micheal Paul <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 05:43:40 +0100

Federal High Court Headquarters
24, Oyinkon Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, RM.B. 40012,
Falomo, Ikoyi,

To who it may concern,

In our office today, was presence of One Mr. Paul T. Godwin of 122
Fitch Way, Sacramento, CA.USA 95864filling application contrary to
your pending Fund transfer. The above-mentioned person visited this
Court yesterday with a power of attorney given in his favor by your
good self, granting him benefits to process and claims your
inheritance of $2,000.000.00(Two Million United States Dollars Only)
for personal reasons with a death certificate .Please get back to me
asap if you have instructed him to claim your pending fund as your
next of kin.

He further Stated that your account be terminated while the Fund
should be transferred to his Bank account with Bank of America,
Account Number # 910085730457 Routing Number# 126050317.Our office
have ask Mr. Paul T. Godwin to return Back to our Court to enable us
have a personal confirmation from you being hither to the beneficiary.

However, we are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out
this Fund since we must adhere to the mod us operand of this honorable
Court by making sure this requests verified and confirmed by the
beneficiary and his existing attorney. Your confirmation on the above
will be appreciated.

If you did not instructed this man to come all the way from your
country to claim your fund please get back to us before the next 48hrs
with below details, Before we can proceed.

(1) Your Full Name
(2) House mailing address
(3) Your sex, age and marital status
(4) Phone number for conversation
(5) Your current occupation
{6} Your Country.
(7) Email address

Meanwhile, As soon as we receive the listed information we will now
proceed with you for the claim of your fund without any further delay.

Yours sincerely
Contact person:
Federal High Court Headquarters

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