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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: "Mr. Francis" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:05:59 +0100
Subject: Re: Your Cashier Check

It is my pleasure to inform you that your payment issue is settled, and a cashier check of ($7,800,000) has been issued in your name. In my concerted efforts to actualize your fund payment with the convenient time schedule I have negotiated with TNT Express to oversee the delivery of the cashier check to you directly and personally. So, we have concluded the delivery arrangement with TNT logistic manager and your cashier check will be delivered to you by a TNT International Specialists in Express Shipping who will be asigned to handle the delivery of the check personally. Please write down your real and correct name and shipping address, including the postal code and your phone number carefully and completely because we will not be responsible for any unsuccessfully delivery caused by the incorrect customer name and shipping address.

Best Regards,
Mr. Daniels Francis Egoyibo
Office of the Accountant General of the Federation
Tel +234 908 109 8889

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