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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: Honorable Aminu <>
Reply-To: Honorable Aminu <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:14:48 +0000 (UTC)

I am Honorable Aminu Bashir Wali, Minister Of Foreign Affairs. During the auditing of all financial records in my office, i was very annoyed when i found out that your payment has been approved already for months and you have not received your fund yet. I have been informed that you are still dealing with none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We advised that such an illegal act have to stop if you really wish to receive your payment.

We have decided to bring a solution to your problem, Right now, we have arranged your payment through ATM Card which is the latest instruction from Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) President Federal Republic of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Finance. It is my pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Number; 7946 8678 0123 2210 has been approved and upgraded in your favor.

The ATM Card Value is $5,500,000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only). You are advised that a maximum withdrawal limit of USD$15,000.00 only is permitted daily. And you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM Center of your choice/nearest to you any where in your state/country.

You are advised to re-confirm your information to enable us process the necessary papers for immediate delivery of your ATM Card to your residential home address. (1) Full Name, (2) Home address where you want your ATM Card to be delivered, (3) Phone Number, (4) Occupation. You are advise to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitch in receiving your payment. Reply to this email: (

Best regards,

Honorable Aminu Bashir Wali, CFR
Minister Of Foreign Affairs Nigeria.
Phone: +234 808 705 6164

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