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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. Musa Bello Buhari." <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:08:55 +0100

From The Desk Of: Mr.Musa Bello Buhari
Director of finance and Audit Unit.
Debt Management Commission,(DMC)
Office of the Presidency
ATTN: Fund Beneficiary,

This is to informed you that after a crucial executive meeting with
the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria yesterday morning
with our Commission, he has given an order with Immediate effect, that
all beneficiaries whose payments are still pending, that is to say
those who have not yet received their payments for the past 3 to 9
years now should have a cause to smile at last. The president has
approved the first batch payment of USD$20.5M (Twenty Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to be paid to the merited
beneficiaries who have not received there payment for the past years
without any further delay.

However, did you authorized a man called Mr.Dennis Cox from Idaho USA
to received your payment,he has been disturbing us to release your
fund to him and I do not know who sent him, could it be you? am
wondering why he knows that your fund is under our care and I also
want to know if you are the one that sent this man called Mr.Dennis
Cox to contact our office and ask for the release of your fund to him,
in his email he said that you die of covid-19 last year 2020 and
before you die you instructed him to receive your fund as your next of
kin and business partner.

According to Mr. President, each beneficiary will have to pay for
PRESIDENTIAL FUND APPROVAL FEE, which will authenticated in his/her
own payment file. Once he/she pays the fee within 3 bank working days
the beneficiary will receive his/her fund without any further delay.

Also the President sounded a note of warning that if after paying the
required fee for the PRESIDENTIAL FUND APPROVAL FEE, and anyone or
group of individuals approaches you again asking for more money, you
should not hesitate to report such a person to us for appropriate
investigation against such a person.

OPTION: (1) You are also informed that any beneficiary who prefers to
receive his/her payment by ATM CARD method should forward to us
his/her full names, receiving address and direct mobile phone number.
Also the cost of delivery is to be paid by such beneficiary.

OPTION: (2) If you choose to receive your fund by bank to bank wire
transfer you should also forward your bank details including, your
means of identification and phone number to us.

OPTION: (3) If you prefer payment by ON-LINE TRANSFER, you are to
furnish us with your full names, address and direct mobile phone
number, And You will be contacted by the bank which has been assigned
to your payment sum of USD$20.5Million.

Please Kindly get back to us as soon as you received this mail if you
are still alive.


Mr. Musa Bello Buhari.
Director of finance and Audit Unit.
Debt Management Commission,(DMC)
Office of the Presidency

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