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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 Ahmed Sule" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:52:16 -0000

Please contact me at

Confidencial Memo
>From The Desk OF
Dr Ahmed Sule
Federal Ministry OF Finance


Dear Sir,Madam


I am Dr Ahmed Sule Director of Operations Federal Ministry of Finance Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I and on behalf of the entire ministry do hereby sincerely apologise for delays in effecting your Payments. The delays were caused by errors in our Payment systems which has now been rectified..

I have been instructed by the Hon. Minister of finance to find out before the end of this month, why your contract fund valued US$12.2 Million Dollars has not been paid to you and why you did not notify us about appointing a PROXY to pick up your Payments before now.

However, these two men asking to be paid in your name should get further clarifications from you despite their claims that you were sick. In this regard, kindly reconfirm this information to us for proper identification, and give us your word on your PROXY .

Below are the informations that you are to reconfirm to my office immediately.
1) Your full name(s)
2) Your Home Phone Number and Your Cell phone numbers
3) Your Bank Name and Address
4) Your Account Name and Number and
5) A scanned copy of your international Passport or Driver's license.

Upon proper identification, The Hon. Minister of Finance will immediately sign the Approval form and refer you or your proxy to our Affiliate Bank where your Contract Fund has been deposited.

We anticipate your quick response before the end of this Payment Window.

Best Regards.

Dr Ahmed Sule

Please contact me at

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