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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: Ambassador <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 18:25:51 +0100
Subject: Former United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This is Mr. Edwards Ellis the Former United States Ambassador to the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I came down here in Abuja-Nigeria for ECOWAS meeting and I was
searching for some files that I left in this office before I left and
found out that you have not received your fund, and I asked the
present ambassador Mary Beth Leonard what happened that you have not
receive your fund and he said that you refused to pay the required fee
for the delivery of your ATM CARD.

I am contacting you this morning because the director of the ATM CARD
center here in Nigeria said that they will deliver your ATM CARD to
the Government Treasury just because you cannot pay for the service
fee of your ATM CARD which is $250.00. only according to them. But I
told them to wait until I hear from you today so that I will know the
reason why you rejected such amount of money $10.5M which will change
your life just because of $250.00.

I want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and
explain to me the reason why you have abandon your ATM CARD because of
$250.00. But if you don't need it then I can change your name to
another person so that this Government will not claim this money but I
know that you will love to have it.

Please my dear I want to help you to receive this fund because it was
a big shock to me that you have not receive your ATM CARD and withdraw
your money for years now and I am very sorry for that.

You will receive your fund before the end of this meeting which will
take us 4 days and I will be here to monitor it until you receive your

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your full details.





Mr. Edwards Ellis
>From United States Former Ambassador to the Republic of Nigeria

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