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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:58:14 -0800
Subject: Economic/Financial Payment Adviser To The Nigerian Presidency

Dear Sir,
By introduction my name is Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu. I am the economic/financial payment adviser to the Nigerian Presidency.
The Presidency mandated me to contact you this day in respect of your  long pending credit release of twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars,which ought to have been released to you since it was  gazetted/approved but yet has not been  released  to you till date  because of selfish interest of some officers designated to pay you.
Nobody is happy about this ugly development caused by intentional acts of some people who ought to close down this issue past years the  Presidency gazetted/approved this payment for release to you.This  email should serve as a warning and advise to you so that you can disconnect with anybody not approved by this office on behalf  of the Presidency to handle and offset your due enumeration which has  lingered almost indefinite.
A lot of things as discovered have gone wrong in this issue but its  not too late to reserve back in your favor therefore do not cause more problems for yourself by not adhering to the warning content of this  email.
If you ignore as herein advised, we will not be held responsible for  further deceit against you in this issue.Enough is enough if you will  be wise enough to follow the right settlement channel other-wise you  will be frustrated the more than this in the nearest future.
This office on behalf of The Presidency, approves and effects  settlements to bonafide beneficiaries almost on daily bases so why is  yours so difficult when it ought to be very simple as far as benefit  release is concern everywhere in the world.To pay you does not require any rigorous conditions hence said funds legitimately belongs to you  as verified before the approval of the Presidency.
So please further communications with any UN-authorized persons or  offices should henceforth be terminated if not you will continue to  cry wolf and chasing shadows pertaining resolution of this lingering  capital project of yours If you fail to adhere to this order and keep  it secret no matter the pressure from who ever.You will laugh very  soon as Presidential benefit release order has been passed in your  favor.
So please kindly not waste our time if you will still go back to the  same click of inhuman officers who have victimized and frustrated your efforts all these while just in vain.
I need your mobile phone number so that I can call you and reveal more to you to enable us tackle this issue and pay you as instructed by the Presidency.Resolution of this transaction is not difficult at all and  should not with the involvement of the right person at the helm.
More to be discussed as soon as I hear from you.Do not disclose to  anybody regarding this letter because if you do,you will not like the  situation of your benefit again.This is the right time to end what  ever has been done to you which we humbly apologize.
Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu

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