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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: "Dr. Isa Dagogo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:50:44 +0100
Subject: Very Urgent...

Presidential Payment Reconciliation Committee
In conjunction with United Nation, World Bank and IMF
Upper Chambers Wuse District 404,
Direct Tel: +2348170087430

Our Ref: FGN / UN /XX-2016
Date: 19/08/2016.

Please this is very important and urgent,


Attn sir,

I am Dr. Isa Dagogo, Chairman Presidential Payment Reconciliation Committee in conjunction with United Nation on Citizenship Rights and Protection, this is as a result of our meetings in respect of your compensation funds which have been legally re-approved by the top authorities but there is an ugly situation on your payment file which needs your urgent attention (irregularities of signature).

Based on the outcome of the recent meeting with World Bank Auditors,Special Delegates from US Department of Treasury and International Monetary Fund, the Government of Nigeria has accepted
the responsibility of your delay payment and all the troubles this have caused you but very surprise that this issue was concluded on last Friday and your name was pressed on our payment schedule notice board,yesterday Mr. George bearing the same surname with you came to our office and declared that he is your next-of-kin and that you died in accident two weeks ago, he presented this account with affidavit for Change of Owner for the payment in his favor but we asked him to come back on Wednesday next week, so if you are alive urgently get back to us by call or mail before the stipulated date and send this code (WB/FGN/USDT/IMF-X2016).

Bank Name: Bank of America,
Account No: 5707528,
Routing No: 111923607,
Swift Code: BOFAUS6S.
Address: 104 North Upshaw Boulevard Robstown, TX, United States

We seize this medium to write you to know if you are alive or permitted anybody come apply for the release of your compensation fund, but your failure to get back to us within three banking days, we will proceed with the transfer to the account presented by Mr. George as his claims is true since he bears the same surname with you.

Yours in Service,

Dr. Isa Dagogo (JP)
Presidential Payment Reconciliation Committee
In conjunction with United Nation, World Bank and IMF.

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