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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- telex: fgn/gxtt/ngr2014. email: email@example.com re:presidential funds approval gazette 2014 file (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "OFFICE OF MR.PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:54:46 -0700
Subject: PRESIDENTIAL FUNDS APPROVAL GAZETTE 2014 FILE NUMBERS:NGR/FMF/49220IB109.
Office Of The Presidency.
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Office Of The Senior Special Assistant
To Mr. President On Media And Publicity.
RE:PRESIDENTIAL FUNDS APPROVAL GAZETTE 2014 FILE NUMBERS:NGR/FMF/49220IB109.
Be officially informed that the Office of Mr.President Federal Republic of Nigeria has as a matter of urgency approved the immediate release and payment of your approved sum of US$5.Million (Five Milion Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) to you without delays based on the agreement we reached with the United Nations and the World Bank/IMF last week,this order has being Gazetted by the Federal Executive Council with an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) issued to that effect for your prompt payment,your Approval, Gazette Numbers are: NGR/FMF/49220IB109,while your payment Reference Code is as thus:FGN/XX0089/CBN/NNPC0014.Mr.President has directed that your approved sum as above should be released to you via KTT Electronics Wire Transfer or by disposable ATM Global Master Card and Certified International Cashiers Cheque,this are the three modes of payment approved by the IMF and the World Bank in agreement with Mr.President,so you are to make your preferred choice that you want to receive your funds and the
Furtherance to the above you are as a matter of urgency requested to contact the Government approved Office that will release your approved funds which is the Office of the Debt Management Office (DMO) and reference him both your Approval Gazette Numbers and your Reference Code hence that is what he will use to work on your payment and as well tell him how you want to receive your approved funds,this the Authorized Government agency that is responsible for the payment of both foreign and local debts owed by the Nigerian Government to our various beneficiaries,for your information's and for the records the DEBT MANAGEMENT OFFICE DMO is the only authorized body saddled with the responsibility of releasing your approved funds hence any other office outside the DEBT MANAGEMENT OFFICE contacting you for your payment is a fraud and not from the Nigerian Government hence if you loss any money to them you are on your own as you will not blame the Nigerian Government for that,so you are urgently requested and require
PAYING OFFICE DETAILS:
Office: Debt Management Office DMO.
Contact Person: Dr.Abraham Nwankwo.
Position: Director General Debt Management Office.
Direct Tel: 234-8090-718221.
Use the above details and contact Dr.Abraham Nwankwo of the Debt Management Office for your prompt payment as i have forwarded your Payment File To his office for urgent actions and considerations.call him on phone once you receive this letter and forward your banking details,address,telephone numbers and any form of your identifications to him and let him know that i Dr,Reuben Abati the Presidential Spokesman directed you to contact him for your immediate payment though your payment file has being forwarded to him,remember again and for the last that you will send to Dr.Abraham the official cost for the procurement of your PRESIDENTIAL PAYMENT AUTHORIZATIONS CODE FEES (PPACF) which is issued only by Mr.President himself and endorsed by him alone as the Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hence without his SEAL OF AUTHORITY duly issued and Signed by Mr.President Dr.Abraham Nwankwo of the Debt Management Office will not and cannot release your funds to you,this is a PRESIDENTIAL ORDER APPRO
Update my office once you have being paid by the Debt Management Office DMO through Dr,Abraham Nwankwo the Director General as instructed above.
Senior Special Assistant On Media And Publicity.
For: Mr.President,Federal Republic of Nigeria.