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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: "Chief Edward Kanez" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 12:15:30 +0100
Subject: From Chief Edward Kanez


My name is Chief Edward Kanez, a Director Purchase and Procurement
department of Federal Ministry of health in Nigeria. It is with trust
and confidence that i write you believing that you will be capable to
partner with me in this transaction of mutual benefit.

I am contacting to present you as a contractor for transfer a sum of
$,7000,000.00 which was realized from over invoiced contract for
purchase of Covid 19 Vaccine last year2021 for my country. This amount
is in a suspense account of my Ministry awaiting approval for transfer
to a safe account abroad to be share with you.

I therefore seek your permission to involve you as a foreign
contractor to receive this money in your bank account as a
sub-contractor. I am offering you 50% ($3.5M )of the total money if you
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can work with us to receive the money in your account.

Under our government Civil service code of conduct, we are restricted
by law from operation foreign account that is why i contacted you.
Your interest will always be protected as this is 100% risk free

If you are interested, please reply back for more details and send the
information as stated below for processing of the transfer payment

Full name:.................
House Address:.........
Phone no.:.....................
Marital status:........
International Passport i.d
Bank details

The transaction is 100% risk and will take only 5 working days to be
completed as all arrangement for the transfer have been made before
contacting you. Send your reply also to my direct Email address:

Awaiting your response.

Chief Edward Kanez

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