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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. Samuel Durojaye" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2023 01:59:12 -0700
Subject: Fronting you as next of kin


I Am Mr. Samuel Durojaye, Director, Foreign Remittance Department- Wema bank of Nigeria. Based on a recent meeting held with the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria and other appropriate authorities, it was agreed to pay James Lee for his overdue contract payment of Five Million United States Dollars Only {US$5,000,000.00} his outstanding over-due payment but Mr. Lee died in motor accident so I'm fronting you as his next of kin.

Considering the circumstance that threw up this opportunity,I am willing and prepared to use my good office and power to get it released to you either in cash, to be delivered to your door step at any address of your choice but on the condition that it shall be shared 50/50% between us. This will just take 7 banking days devoid of any risk nor hitch. All I need to initiate action is your details below to enable me process it immediately

Your full name:
Private telephone number:
Choice of address {where you wish the consignment delivered}:

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Samuel Durojaye
Direct Tel. No: +234-7081540754

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