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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: Michael Godrick <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 23:56:29 +0100
Subject: Funds Claim Availability,


Hello dear,

I am here to update you this day about your unclaimed sum of
$12,500.000USD under your claim with this Equity Bank office, while
after the investigation we was able to found out that the funds was
deposited as part of your compensation/contractor funds before the
depositor was late in March 22nd 2020, and are no more to remind us of
the payment to you before this date of notice. Therefore, you're
urgent expected after reading to contact this office back for more
information in how to complete this transaction with you, because this
funds are to be confiscate within few days if no responds from you.

Please note, this $12,500.000USD outstanding payment is still
available for your claim upon cooperation for now, but we want first
to confirm you're the intended person and not wrong person to
intercede for the claim, and also a new arrangement was agreed by
Equity bank board authorities as has made available (2) method of
Payment as Stated bellow: 1. ATM debit Card with the service fee on
your expenses to be paid for issuing and uploading of the funds into
the Card in your name, or 2. Through bank to bank direct transfer to
your account with the service fee on your expense to be paid for the
International transfer registration cost.

Read careful and send your reply direct to the contact E-mail below:( ).

In summery, you're expected to choose your receiving option among the
two and ready to be paying the fee required as to be disclose next
upon your reply, while you're required to contact back in return with
your full claim information include your Mobile contact for important
reasons, and this is to be sure it's you as to avoid any kind of
interruption or wrong claim.


Michael F Godrick
Equity Bank Payment Director.

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