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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: Dr Tunde Lemo <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 17:19:14 +0100
Subject: Re: Waiver Deduction Oath

*Dear Ordering Beneficiary *

*Note we pay via wire transfer, atm master, online payment { CHOOSE ANY

*Be inform that office of the presidency have approved the sum of*
*$10.5m in your name and i want to let you know that to avoid*
*transfer charges you are have to apply to obtain {WAIVER DEDUCTION*
*OATH} which will cost you only the sum of $100 to enable us deduct*
*every charges associated with your fund and Central bank*
*have been directed by mr president to handle and transfer this fund*

*The reason why the waiver was introduced was to help you cut off all*
*the upfront payment and you get your payment without any iota
of obstructions.*

*The Waiver deduction Oath fee is to officially authenticate the*
*deduction certificate document through legal court, that you
have authorized our bank to deduct from your fund, because you can not go*
*to the bank and demand that we should get some money from your fund*
*for any expenses official and legal authorization.*

*The only thing we required to help get your fund transaction
right because without there is no way court will not give me consent,*
*deduction Oath fee is the pure evidence that you are the authorized*
*and rightful beneficiary who gives us instruction to act on your*

*Once the waiver oath fee is paid and waiver deduction certificate is*
*issued on your name, no government agencies any where in the world*
*will stop your transfer.*

*Confirm to me the following details for immediate transfer*

*1.Bank Detail*


*3.Phone Number*

*4. Next of kin*


*Kindly reply to enable me to give you details to send the waiver oath Fee.


*Dr Tunde LemoDirector ForeignOperation Dept (CBN)*

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