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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: "Mr. Edwards Ellis" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2022 16:11:24 -0700
Subject: United States Ambassador

This is Mr. Edwards Ellis the Former United States Ambassador to the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, I came down here in Abuja-Nigeria for an
ECO WAS meeting and I was searching for some files that I left in this
office before I left and found out that you have not received your
fund, and I asked the present ambassador Mary Beth Leonard what
happened that you have not receive your fund and he said that you
refused to pay the required fee for the delivery of your ATM CARD.

I'm contacting you this morning because the director of the ATM CARD
center here in Nigeria said that they will diver your ATM CARD to the
Government Treasury just because you cannot pay for the service fee of
your ATM CARD which is $155 only according to them.But I told them to
wait until I hear from you today so that I will know the reason why
you rejected such amount of money $10.5M which will change your life

PHONE: +234-7019474148
Mr. Edwards Ellis
From United States Former Ambassador to the Republic of Nigeria

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