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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: "Kevin Amugo" <>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2023 23:13:09 -0700
Subject: Reply Immediately

I am Mr Kevin Amugo, Director allocation department from the Central
Bank of Nigeria. My office monitors and controls the affairs of all
banks and Financial institutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign
claim payments. I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance
of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international
levels in line with foreign claim settlements. I have before me list
of funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as
these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts,unclaimed
deposits or over-invoiced sum. 0n this note, I wish to have a deal
with you as regards to an unpaid fund. I have a file before me and the
date's are correct and UN-tampered. As it is my duty to recommend the
transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and
Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits, I have the opportunity to
write you based on the instructions I received two days ago from the
Foreign Debts reconciliation dept to submit the List of payment
reports / expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several
others, I have decided to remit your claim sum following my idea that
we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.

My conditions: 1. The sum of USD$25.7M only will be transfer into your
account after the processing of all relevant legal documents with your
name as the bonafide beneficiary,the transfer will be made by MT103
telegraphic Transfer (T/T), conformable in 3 working days.2. This deal
must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly
by email / telephone, for security purposes.3. There should be no
third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are
caused by your agents or representative.
4. Note that after the successful completion of this transaction,you
and I will have a fair share of the fund in the ratio of 50:50.If you
AGREE with my conditions, l will advise you on what to do immediately and
the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your
name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate.

1. Your Full Name:.........
2. Current Address:......
3. Direct Phone:...........
4 Occupations:...........
5. Age:...........
6. Company Name:..............
I hope you don't reject this offer and have this funds transferred.
Waiting for your reply
Yours faithfully,

Mr Kevin Amugo
Director Allocation Department
Cell Phone: +234-7044404605
{Central Bank of Nigeria}

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