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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 Edet Okon <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:14:51 -0700


How are you today? I hope you have receive your funds? Very sorry i
saw your funds file what of ($US 22, 500,000.00) on Contract
No:FGCR/FED/PED/SAP/X91-94 Million United State Dollars marked with
red here, then i decided to write you. But if only you will obey and
follow my instructions, You will surely receive it soon.Why are you
driving forward on a reverse gear.
You cannot make a headway because you are putting the cart before the horse.
Even the holy book the bible said what can the righteous do if the
foundation is bad.

You can not receive your fund because the proper something has not
been done and that your fund has not been properly approved from the
authorized approving quarters. My name is Mr Edet Okon,the Director of
Operations,Federal Ministry of finance Abuja Nigeria.

Please call me let me tell you a simple thing to do and you will see
your fund in your bank account in 7 working days.

I am not joking,I am serious.You have suffered enough.

Reach me through the email:
Mr Edet Okon
Director of Operation
Ministry Of Finance

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