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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: mamman ali <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2021 04:29:38 -0800
Subject: new directive from government today

Dear Esteemed Beneficiary

We want to officially inform you that we were contracted by the
Federal Government of Nigeria to personally handle the final transfer
of your contract/inheritance part payment amounting to the sum of
$7.5 M United States Dollars only to enable you receive it
successfully without going through some difficulty that you have been
going through since as it wants to offset all the outstanding payments
before the upcoming 2023 presidential election as well as to help you
For Mitigation of the Impact of Corona virus Pandemic, as opposition
part is planning to use contractors none settlement as campaign
strategy to vote the government of the day out from the office and for
that single reason this government of the day want you to get paid
now through our Bank.
Be, informed also that our customer friendly working relationship by
handling funds to the Nigerian governments that we build since the
past decades of our existence want to assure you that now you can be
rest assured knowing full well that we will not hesitate to remit the
entire fund into your account
Note the standing cost for your transfer charge is 0.01% of your total
contract/ inheritance payment which ordinary is to cost you the sum of
$675.00 or as the closing cost, but the Federal Government of Nigeria
has ordered my office for the immediate release of your fund at zero
cost transfer (C.O.T) charge by reducing it to the best minimum due to
the upcoming general election and to cushion the effect of Corona
virus Pandemic, as it wants to have international support before the
election year.
Before we can proceed further, this Bank will require you to send your
full Banking information and your direct Telephone number to enable us
make a smooth transfer of your contract/ inheritance funds into your
nominated bank account and it will reflect in your bank account in the
next three banking days.

Mr. Mamman Ali
Head, Private Banking Section, Skye Bank Plc Nigeria
Telephone: +234-708-931-4497, Tel/Fax: 234-1-8177881

Note: If you have received your payment and get this mail by error,
please ignore this letter or write a letter of commendation to us or
SMS to the number above, but the truth here is that your payment file
before me shows you did not get before now .

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