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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: 30 Oct 2022 10:41:14 +0100

Good Day.

My names are Micheal Johnson Wike, I am representing the interest of a certain politically exposed person, and we are looking for partner overseas that can manage high-value funds for a period of 5-10 years,

The funds have been accrued by the influence of the power of my benefactor’s office as the oil minister of a country. Please do contacts me if you are interested and I will explain the transaction to you in detail for better understand, I can assure you that this will be of mutual benefit to all.

You can respond to me by email and I will send you a detailed explanation
Email:  michealwike@npa-nnpc-

Yours Sincere

Micheal Johnson Wike

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