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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: "COLLINS KELECHI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 06:54:39 -0700

Dear Respectfully,

This amount resulted from a deliberate inflation of Contract Value awarded by our ministry ,the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (FMA) to an expatriate Company (precisely Deere machinery USA Inc for supply of Agricultural Tractors/ Machinery). Some Contractors have been paid while many and the over invoiced have not been paid. But the Government has granted payment Order for the remaining Contractors hence why I am contacting you to be presented as a Contractor. This contract services were executed in the year 2018 (4years back)

The transfer of this money can only be possible with the help of an Oversea Partner who will be presented as the beneficiary of the fund because as a government officials, we are not allowed to operate foreign currency accounts, hence the need to contact you.

We have agreed that 35% of the total sum will be for you for providing the account while 5% will be set aside for the expenses incurred during the cost of transfer of the fund into your account while 60% will be reserved for us.

We hereby solicit for your assistance in providing a convenient Offshore account where this fund would be transferred. We intend coming over there on the completion of this transfer to secure our own share of the money. For security reasons we demand that you keep his proposal and the entire transaction to yourself alone.

Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, therefore we require you mail us the followings details, name and address and Banking Coordinates. I am on standby to give more details as you may require.

Note that the particular nature of your business is irrelevant to this transaction. if this transaction interests you, your urgent response will be appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest. WHATSAPP +2348092806114


Collins Kelechi
Deputy Director,(Fed Mins.of Agriculture)

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