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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: "Dr. Bernard Obi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 18:49:03 -0700



I am Dr. Bernard Obi. a director with the Federal Ministry of Finance and was instructed by the hon. Minister of finance to find out before the end of this month, why your contract payment fund valued $5Million United states dollars contract part payment still unclaimed. However, their are two gentlemen here who came from your country to claim this inheritance fund on your behalf and the reason giving to us is that you are the one who sent them that you are terminal sick is that true?.

In this regard, kindly reconfirm your personal information to us for proper identification, and to know if you are the one that sent them for the claim.

Bellow are the informations that you are to reconfirm to my office immediately.

1) Your full name.......................
2) Your phone number, cell phone mobile#.......................
3) Your address..............................
4) Your occupation/position........................

Upon the proper identification, the hon. Minister of finance will immediately sign the approval letter and refer you to our diplomatic agent who will be delivering to you your total amount of $5million dollars by ATM MASTER CARD so that you can be able to cash it over there, also a pin code will be emailed to you once you have received the ATM CARD for security reasons, just get back to us ASAP to let us know if you sent any one here to claim your ATM CARD or not.

NOTE: You are to pay the sum of ($125.00) for the delivery of your ATM CARD and as soon as you send the fees to Mr. Martins Adebayo he will instruct the courier agent to send out your ATM CARD to your destination home address you will provide to him and also send you the delivery tracking number to know when the ATM CARD will be deliver to you.

Please make sure you get back to us with the requested details above so that we can start processing your ATM CARD for immediate delivery to your residential home address.

Our desire is to serving you better. Waiting your urgent reply via my official email.

Name: Mr. Martins Adebayo

Contact Email:

Or call him on +234-802-795-7521

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Bernard obi
External Debt management official desk 2010/2011.

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