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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: "Sir, Joel P. Dimpka"<>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2023 17:10:11 -0700

Dear Friend,


After going through a record of unpaid contract approved sum of $18.5million earlier, it was revealed that some people were working against the release of this fund to the initially presented beneficiaries or contractors.

Now, I'm ready to offer my personal help for the release of this fund once you are ready to work with me from the debt management board.

Presently, I work directly from the office of the President on payment of all overdue Foreign Debts in record from the NNPC.

Right now, we have a great opportunity for you to be among those who will be paid for this quarter of the year 2023.

I will help you to arrange for this payment and you will agree to share a certain percentage (%) with me upon the successful transfer of this fund into your bank account.

If you are willing to do this now, let me hear from you as soon as possible for more details on how to secure the transfer of this fund for investment in your country.

I wait to hear from you.

Sir, Joel P. Dimpka.
Director, Administration & Finance Office ECOWAS.

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