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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: "Dr. Micheal Fries" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 22:10:50 +0100

Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Headquarters
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
The PayMaster General of the Federation,
Auditor General/Telex Computeronic System
Tel: +1(202) 324-2000
Fax: (202) 324-3000


Good Day.... How are you doing and your family?

This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have been able to track
down so many of this scam artist in various parts of African countries
and Europe, which includes (Nigeria, United Kingdom, Spain, Ghana,
Cameroon and Senegal) and they are all in Government custody now, they
will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) Hague (Netherlands)
soon for Criminal/Fraud Justice.

With reference to your funds payment release, that has been kept on
hold, based on the irregularity on the payment file, an office has
been mandated to follow the due paralegal
process in order that will enable your investment contract funds claim
to be release legitimately and legally into your providing receiving
bank account, which you are required to contact Dr. Micheal Fries the
office of the Paymaster General of the Federation with the information
stated below:

Dr. Micheal Fries
The PayMaster General of the Federation,
Auditor General/Telex Computeronic System
Tel: +1(347)9801931

Contact him now and forward the below details to him:
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Age:
3. Occupation:
4. Cell/Mobile Number:

The office will help you secure all the necessary legal assistance and
representation that will facilitate the smooth success of this
transaction in your favour and all payment modalities will be
perfected in your favour by virtue of an accredited attached attorney
to the office by the Government.

Always keep this office informed for advice with your communication
dealings with the Office of the Paymaster General of the Federation.


Best Regards

Christopher A. Wray
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Attorney General Director of National Intelligence
Tel: +1(202) 324-2000
Fax: (202) 324-3000

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