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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: "Mrs. Josephinr Ajonuma{FDMSO}" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:36:56 -0500
Subject: Foreign Debt Management & Settlement Office.

Mrs. Josephine Ajonuma:
Central Bank of Nigeria.
Secretary to the,
Director Foreign Debt
Management & Settlement Office.
How are you and Families, hope they are alright, Well My Name is Mrs. Josephine Ajonuma, Secretary to the Director Foreign Debt Management & Settlement,
your Payment files has been laying here for many months now and nobody has ever told you the truth, the reason why you have  not received your fund with FGN.
When I was going through your payment files, i find out that you have  not even received a cent from your Inheritance fund.
All the top officials both men and women keep on exploiting your hard earned money. I don't want to  go far yet. I have made up myself available to help you
because, i find  out in your payment file that you have spent much money concerning your Fund and you have not receive  even part payment up till now .
I am giving you my Word and that is a Bond, Trust is what i need from you if your really need this help, because without trust from your side, i can not perfect it.
I don't want to lose my Job yet or someone blackmailing me into something else, My question is this, are you still interested in receiving at least parts of your
over due inheritance fund?
It will come in {4 times quarters payment.} first quarter 25%, second quarter 25%, third quarter 25%, fourth quarter the last 25%.
But i need your utmost trust to help you. Just let me know, and further details will be communicated to you accordingly.
Thanks, Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Josephine Ajonuma,
Secretary to the Director
Foreign Debt Management & Settlement Office.

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