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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: "Chairman Payment Verification Panel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:04:32 -0800
Subject: Alert Payment




We hereby bring to your notice that your outstanding payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria has reached this office for verification and clarifications before the release. Anyway, without wasting much time,I have personally investigated this payment down to the Ministry were this contract was executed and from my findings it is clear that you did not execute this contract in question, from all available information, it looks like some officials in the Ministry were trying to use you to claim this particular value which they over invoiced for their own selfish interest. I know it might interest you to know how I managed to find out this truth, yes. I investigated this payment up to the ministry where this contract was executed and after some checks I was surprised to see that the most vital/important documents regarding this contract bear a different name and beneficiary.

Based on this I decided to contact the supervisor that signed the attestation report, on getting to the contract award and supervisory commission I collected the contract attestation report and found out that this document steel bears the name: B&B PETROLEUM ENCRYPT as the company that executed this contract. I kept this to myself and came down to my base. As a matter of fact I have been thinking whether to report my findings to the appropriate body for cancellation of this payment, but I have this second thought of contacting you since I am not a saint and in a position to approve this payment for the president to give go ahead order to the release, I feel this might be a God's given opportunity.

So it is based on this I am writing to you, if you will accept with my understated conditions I can normalize all the relevant papers of this payment and the funds will be released within 14 working day. Contract attestation report is not in your name, the fund ownership certificate is also not in your name. Actually your partners as I should say did a very great job in manipulating almost all the documents to your favor. Now, I want you to know that, with my position, I can amend this problem and this money will be paid to your nominated bank account which both of us will share on a 60/40 % if only you will accept my conditions.

So, if you see it wise to get this perfect with me feel free to contact me through my private email address ( I shall let you know my conditions as soon as I hear from you. Feel free to call or send me a Whats App message on the below number for more clarification.

Best Regards,
Dr.Tony Ebere
Chairman Payment Verification Panel
Tel: +234 907 192 6900
WhatsAPP: +234 907 192 6900.

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