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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:

Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2022 13:00:21 +0100

My name is Chief (Dr.) Joshua O. Omuya. I am the Chief Accountant of
Central Bank Of Nigeria.

There is a deal I want you and I to strike and this should be kept to
utmost secrecy. There is this sum of USD27.5M which is in my position in
the bank. I want to send it to you by ATM Visa Card. I need you to
contact me so that I can guide you on how to
send this card to you. I need you to very honest and reliable.

You are only to pay for the courier service which I will use it to send the
ATM Card to your address. Note that you are to be withdrawing the sum of
USD$15,000.00 daily as the withdrawal limit. You are also eligible to
withdraw out of this ATM Card in any part of the world.

Out of this total sum of USD$27.5M you are to keep 40% of this total sum
for me and have 60% as yours.

Please you should ensure you do not involve any third party. It has to
remain a secret between you and I only. This deal is 100% risk free as I
have perfected everything relating to the fund here.

If you are interested you should forward your full names, address and any
of your identification card to me so that I will guide you on the next step
towards claiming this fund.

You are also advised to call me on the following line: +234-8089626798

I wait to hear from you

Best Regards.

Chief (Dr.) Joshua O. Omuya
Chief Accountant of Central Bank Of Nigeria


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