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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:
- 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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "into your nominated bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "international remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Kemi Adeosun" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:01:49 -0500
Subject: The Federal Executive Council (F.E.C), Code of Conduct Bureau
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.
Office of the Minister of Finance
12 LEKKI PENNINSULA, LAGOS-NIGERIA.
TEL: (01-1)+234-808-515-9809 (Hot-Line)
Date:20th July 2016.
PAYMENT FILE NUMBER: A
Release/Transfer Notice for your due Funds (US$3,500,000:00).
Payment File No: A.
It is very important that the recipient of this Letter should call
this office in order to confirm it to us that this very Letter was
received by you, the true beneficiary. You are advised to read this
Letter very carefully because every paragraph explains what you need
to know about the Release and Transfer of your due Funds.
You are advised to read this Letter very carefully because every
paragraph explains what you need to know about the Release and
Transfer of your due Funds.
At this point, we wish to remind you to stop all further contact with
any person or person(s) whom is not recommended by this Ministry. Our
Intelligence Monitoring Unit (I.M.U), Code of Conduct Bureau, Legal
Unit and The Nigerian Police Force (N.P.F) have already apprehended
some of those suspects whom attempted to divert your Funds.
You are advised to stop all further contact with some scammers you
have been dealing with, that have defrauded you of huge sums because
they are WANTED criminal suspects.
As the honorable Minister of Nigeria, I work on behalf of the Paying
Bank of Nigeria Keystone Bank (formerly Bank PHB)under the supervision of the
honorable President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We are glad to announce it to you today that the honorable President
of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Accountant General of the
Federation have collectively Approved and signed the Order to Release
and Transfer being the certified documentation authorizing us (The
Federal Ministry of Finance) to credit your nominated Bank Account..
A copy of the Order to Release and Transfer have been forwarded to our
international remittance department for the onward crediting of your
In other words, we put it to you that we are ready to remit your said
Funds into your nominated Bank Account because we have a 3-4 working
days time constrain to Pay-off each beneficiary short-listed to be
Paid by this Ministry. Our Legal Unit have already reviewed your
Payment Files and they have passed it on to my desk for me to Pay you
accordingly, so be rest assured that you will receive your due Funds
as soon as possible. Officially, you will receive your due Funds via
an "Electronic Wire Transfer" which will enable your Funds reflect in
your Nominated Bank Account within 48hrs after effect. This mode of
Payment is defined as one of the best and safest mode to remit huge
Funds internationally as it is absolutely different from the usual
swift transfer which takes longer time. Most Banks within the United
States of America, Europe and other developed countries operate with
the "Electronic Wire Transfer" for international transfers because it
is a recent innovation in the Banking industry.
Certainly we shall transfer your valued US$3,500,000:00 from the
Sundry/Suspense Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria being the
official Account for international/foreign Payments/debts. A
Sundry/Suspense Account can be defined as a secret Account owned by a
government and operated by certain assigned government officials being
the authorized signatories whom must sign before Funds can be remitted
from such account. For this very account no form of direct withdrawals
can be made from it except a Bank to Bank wire transfer which must be
Approved by the honorable President being the principal signatory to
Consequent to the fact that I am responsible to Pay you, it is still
my duty to enlighten you on the accurate steps to take in order for
you to gain full possession of this said Funds being Approved in your
In the combat against fraud, Funds diversion and Funds delay, we have
re-lengthily ensured that several foreign beneficiaries have been Paid
accordingly in order to retain and rekindle our country's reputation
on the global map because this recent government dispensation is
focused and targeted to relieve all foreign debts as mandated by The
Senate, The National House of Assembly, The Federal Executive Council
(F.E.C), Code of Conduct Bureau and The Federal Ministry of Finance
(F.M.F). Already, a lot of foreign beneficiaries have been Paid by
this Ministry so yours will not be an exception considering the fact
that the honorable President have Approved your due Funds today.
In accordance to section (1) paragraph 9 of the Settlement Edict Law
of The Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1992, it is imperative that you
provide us with the below listed information so that we can Pay you.
1. Full Name:
2. House Address:
3. Mobile Phone:
4. Home Phone:
7. Date Of Birth:
8. Bank Name:
9. Bank Address:
10.Bank Account Number:
11.Bank Routine/Swift Code:
12.A form of identification (I.D Card or Driver's License)
required for official references.
To this effect, kindly call this office immediately after you read
this official Letter. TEL: (01-1)+234-808-515-9809
This Official Letter is being issued to you (THE BENEFICIARY) by "The
Federal Ministry of Finance" in collaboration with The Presidency.
The Accountant General of The Federation.
Keystone Bank (formerly BankPHB).
The President's office.
Dr Kemi Adeosun
Minister Of Finance
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.