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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: patrick william <>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2023 14:47:31 +0100
Subject: Dear Fund Beneficiary

From The Desk Of Dr Patrick William Eze
Accountant General Fund Foreign Remittance Department,
Central Bank Of Nigeria.
Tel: +234-90-493-06557.

The Fund Beneficiary,

i am delighted to bring to your notice this day that your long overdue
contract inheritance payment Sum of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States of American Dollars (US$10.5M) has finally been approved
and stepped down to pay you without any atom of delay from any
department or bank local or international.

I am Dr Patrick William Eze the new appointed Accountant General Fund
Foreign Remittance Department in charge of federal oil reserved
account and budgeting, my good office is currently in charge of all
incoming and outgoing fund here in Nigeria and i have been mandated by
the federal government of Nigeria to pay all the foreign dept to the
rightful beneficiaries before the end of the last quarter payment of
the year 2023.

Your payment file is right now on my table and i have gone through it
and also from the information reaching my office from our central
transfer swift board concerning the release of your fund i discovered
that you have been contacted and dealt with different department and
banks trying to receive your fund but all to no avail but i don't know
if you have taken your time and ask yourself why you have not receive
your fund up till these time but i will like to let you know the
reason why you have note receive your fund up till now.

You may be surprised to hear these from me but i will not fail to let
you know the truth, the only reason why you have not receive your fund
up till now after all you have gone through is because Nigeria is the
third world country colonized by the British government and be ruling
indirectly by late queen Elisabeth when she was alive and she
instructed the federal government of Nigeria to stop all foreign
payment to all contract inheritance beneficiaries to avoid over
floating of funds, but right now king Charles is in charge and he has
lifted the ban on all foreign payments and instructed the federal
government of Nigeria to release all outstanding foreign fund to the
rightful beneficiaries on or before the end of next month.

Base on the above payment instruction stated i will not fail to
congratulate and thank you for your patience and i will advise you to
carefully read this message and get back to me immediately to enable
me fastilate the release of your fund as instructed because time is
not much on my side.

Finally, you are advise to kindly reconfirm to this office your full
name address and direct telephone number where you can be contacted
whenever necessary to avoid paying to the wrong person and please do
not hesitate to call me on my direct telephone number
+234-90-493-06557 as soon as you receive and gone through this message
for more information.

Looking forward to hear from you.


Dr Patrick William Eze
Accountant General Fund Foreign Remittance Department,
Central Bank Of Nigeria.
Tel: +234-90-493-06557.

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