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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: "Ministry of Finance" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 09:46:22 -0800
Subject: Your Funds

Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF)
International Economic Relations
Ahmadu Bello Way, Central Business District
Abuja, Nigeria
PMB 14, Abuja, Nigeria Abuja FCT 00234 Nigeria

Attention Beneficiary:

This email is from the International Economic Relations Department of the Federal Ministry of Finance,

Nigeria. We hereby notify you of the approval of you outstanding payment of $1,000,000.00 which was

unclaimed by you from our previous administration.

This Department has been directed by the Presidency to transfer your funds to you within the next


Therefore get back to us immediately with a reconfirmation of the following:

Your Names:
Home Address:
Bank Name:
Phone number:

You will be receiving your funds in an ATM card which will be issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria.It will mailed to you via courier services and you are responsible for the courier delivery fees of 109usd only.

I shall get back to you as soon as I receive the requested details.

Mr. Henry Aku

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