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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: "FAM" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:22:57 -0700
Subject: Good news.

I am Dr. Hakin Bello, Financial Accountant Foreign Affairs Ministry; my office monitors and controls the affairs of
all banks and financial institutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign contract payments executed within the country.
I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and
international levels in line to foreign contracts settlement. I have before me list of funds, which could not be
transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed
deposits and over-invoiced sum etc.
I write to present you to the federal government that you are among the people expecting the funds to be transferred
into their account, on this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid certified contract funds. I
have every files before me and the data's will be change to your name to enable you receive the fund into your
nominated bank account as the beneficiary of the fund's amount $25.5 Million U.S.D. As it is my duty to recommend the
transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits, I have
the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I received 2 days ago from the Senate Committee on Contract
Payments /Foreign Debts to submit the List of payment reports /expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among
several others, I have decided to remit this sum following my idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do
this legally.
1. You will give me 50% of your contract funds as soon as you confirm it in your designated bank account.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email/telephone, for security
3. There should be no third parties as most problems associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or
If you agree with my conditions, l will advise you on what to do immediately and the transfer will commence without
delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the ten days mandate. I hope you
don't reject this offer but have this fund transferred. If you are willing and ready to carry out this deal with me,
I advise you furnish me with the following information to enable me make the required changes on the file and
documents to your name as the beneficiary.
1.Your full names,home/Office address.
2.your telephone/mobile line.
3.Your recent passport photograph.
For security reasons do not respond to the above email address. You are to contact me through my private e-mail
address at at the receipt of your mail; I will direct you on what to do.
Waiting for your reply soon,
Dr.Hakin Bello.
Financial Accountant,
Foreign Affairs Ministry

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