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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: Lucas Wilfred <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 04:39:17 -0800
Subject: Dear: Beneficiary

Dear Esteemed customer,

In view of our routine annual audit which was done on the last day of
last month, it has been discovered that your total
inheritance/contract fund of $200M which was supposed to have been
transferred to you a long time ago is still lying in this bank in a
dormant account.

My further inquiries into the circumstances surrounding this
unpleasant situation, proved to me that the reason for the failure of
the transaction was as a result of inaccurate operations and wrongful

The transaction was actually conducted on the wrong platform and
consequently, it has cost you a lot of money in the past without any
meaningful progressive success. The specific directives from the
Presidency of this country concerning your transaction was not
followed correctly by the officials that operated on your transactions
in the past.

Therefore the Presidency has now directed that your transaction should
be conducted through "WAIVER DEDUCTION PAYMENT OPTION" . In this
payment Option, every necessary charge will be deducted from the $200M
and the balance will be sent to you either by ATM CARD or Online bank
fund transfers.

The only payment which represent the only commitment you will ever
DEDUCTION CERTIFICATE must be signed at the supreme court of this
country as a proof that your consent was obtained before the deduction
process. Once the certificate is obtained, the fund will be sent to
you via the "WAIVER DEDUCTION PAYMENT OPTION" and every other charge
will be deducted from the principal fund $200M.

Therefore, in order to proceed, you have to contact the director of
the WAIVER DEDUCTION PAYMENT DEPARTMENT and send him your details and
also ask him for directions on how to send the charges of $1,500 to
them and then expect the transfer to be completed within 24 hours from
the moment you opened a communication with the below contact person;

Mr. James Foresee
CONTACT Citibank

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