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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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Fraud email example:

From: "FINANCE MINISTER,NIGERIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 11:44:49 -0800

Federal Ministry Of Finance.
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Plot 8117,Ecowas Street,Maitama,

Payment Approval File Number: FMF/FGN/49220IB109/2011.



This is to expeditiously inform you that i have approved the release of the sum of US$4Million (Four Million Dollars) only in your favour as the Finance Minister Federal Republic of Nigeria for this last quarter payment of the year as authorized by His Excellency President Good Luck Jonathan,the above sum will be released to you via Bank to Bank Wire Transfer or by ATM Debit Master Card,so you are to make your choice that will be very comfortable for you as the funds beneficiary,the above sum will be released to you only by our Apex Bank(Central Bank of Nigeria)through the Remittance Department Central Bank of Nigeria.your payment approval Reference Code is:XX000/FMF/881153/CBN.please quote same to the Director of Remittance Central Bank of Nigeria when contacting him as below because your payment will be made with the above Reference Code as it has been Encoded in your name by the Finance Ministry which am in charge of him.Contact the Director of Remittance Central bank of!
Nigeria (CBN) Dr.Philip Edozie wi

Dr.Philip Edozie.
Remittance Director,Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN)

You are advised to call him on his above telephone number as soon as you receive this letter and quote your as thus to him:payment approval Reference Code is:XX000/FMF/881153/CBN for easy payment to you as your payment file has been sent to him since Friday 2nd Dec for this payment,for your information's and clarity sake,all taxes,charges and fees has been WAIVED including all the necessary backup Documents and Certificates for your payment has been procured by this Finance Ministry prior to this payment approval this is to give you easy access to your funds,the ONLY money you will send to the above CBN Remittance Officer is the sum of US$200 ONLY which is the cost for what we call Non Resident Tax Clearance Fees (NRTC)which will be paid to the Nigerian Board of Inland Revenue,you can attest to the fact that anything about TAX fees issues is a criminal offence in any part of the World your county inclusive and as such cannot be WAIVED like others,so it is very Mandatory and !
Obligatory that you must send the

Finally call Dr.Philip Edozie. the Remittance Director Central Bank of Nigeria as soon as you receive this letter and quote your Payment Reference Code Numbers to him and then let him know that you receive this payment circular from the Finance Minister of Nigeria for your IMMEDIATE payment by first sending the US$200 TAX Fees to him because if you don't send it to him he will not release your funds,that is an ORDER hence receipt must be issued by the Board of Inland Revenue before he will transfer your funds,if you wish to be paid by Bank Wire Transfer forward to him your full banking details for the transfer and if you wish to be paid by ATM Debit Card forward to him your full names and address for the uploading of your Master Card,note that your Four Digits Password for your Master Card is FREE hence you don't need to pay for it if you want to be paid by ATM Master Card,please note that after seven(7) working days you did claim your above sum it will be returned back to G!
overnment vault.

Update my office as soon as you call the above officer and receive your payment as i have given final approvals to that effect as the Finance Minister Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Dr.Mrs.Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
Finance Minister,
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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