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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: "Lukman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2022 05:15:21 -0700

I am Mr. Lukman Mohammed Nagogo and I give permanent special assistance to the late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari. The truth is that on a trip I took with my boss to London, United Kingdom, my boss used my name and deposited Money in London, the name of the bank is currently omitted for security reasons. Only my boss and I know about this warehouse.

The funds were originally meant to sustain the Diaspora citizens that are stranded overseas, however, I intentionally kept silent to know if the National Commission for Diaspora citizens may inquire about the fund and fortunately they have not. Therefore, I have decided that the fund will be lying idle in the bank instead, so, it is good to look for a responsible foreign partner with whom I will sign an investment agreement and release the fund to him for investment purposes in their country.

I made this decision because, as a public official, I cannot invest this fund in my country and if I do, the current government will ask me about the origin of the fund, hence I am looking for a reliable partner abroad.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Lukman Mohammed Nagogo
N.B: This transaction is real and verifiable, kindly treat it with the utmost confidentiality.

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