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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:

Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 19:04:04 +0000
Subject: Money Transfer Department


I write to inform you that we already issued those documents to
accompany your $5,000 payment each day. But the only problem we are
having right here is your personal signatures which the Federal
Administer of Fund Nigeria requested that you must sign those
documents before we can transfer funds to you. However, I told the
officer in charge that it will not be necessary for you to come down
here due to your occupation or some other thing that may not allow you
to come down here to sign those documents yourself. The Minster
Administrator of Fund said that you should get an attorney to sign on
your behalf if you are unable to come down here in person.

I think this way is the best and the only way forward for you to
receive the funds. I have negotiated with an attorney who would sign
on your behalf. His name is Daniel Boland also his E-MAIL address is: According to him you are to pay for the
accredited attorney. He is charging $900 to be paid before he gets
those documents signed in your favour. I told him to consider signing
those documents on your behalf today with a promise that you would pay
him back from the $5,000

Payment you suppose to receive tomorrow morning if he gets those
documents signed today.

And his respond is that you have to pay the accredited attorney fee of
$900 before signing those documents. Well, I asked him for the very
last time if he could allow you pay half of his fee today with a
promise that you would pay him the Remain balance tomorrow from your
$5,000 payment at the western union office once you pick up the $5,000
payment. Well, he said that you should pay the half of the fee $450
through Ria money transfer.

Today He want me to ask you if you would be so kind to pay him back
The remain $450 balance at the Ria money transfer office once you
picked up the $5,000 pay out each day. I am hereby this writing to ask
you to let me know if you would pay his balance immediately you pick
up the $5,000 payment.

He wants you to pay half of $450 today if you are so kind to pay the
balance at the Ria money transfer office once you picked up the $5,000
payment tomorrow. But if you are not kind enough to pay his balance
after picking the first transfer just do not bother yourself not to
reply because I won’t see another attorney here to do this. Here is
information for you to pay $450 half of his fee through Ria money
transfer today.

Send the half of the fee $450 today via Money Gram or Ria money transfer.

1. Receiver Name: ==== IWUEKE CHIDUBEM ANDREW
2. Country:=========== Nigeria
3. Address: ========== #1, Illufumi Street Ejigbo Lagos State
3. Question=========== who is Able
4. Answer: =========== God
5. Amount: ============= US $450

The attorney will get those documents signed as soon as he confirms
the half of his fee from you. I will advice you to pay him the half of
$450 and let him sign the documents and you will then pay the other
balance of $450 form your $5,000 payment.

I await your compliance.


Website: Western Union®

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