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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: "MRS. KEMI ADEOSUN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrskemiadeosun@presidency.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:34:20 -0800
Subject: Yours faithfully

24th February, 2017
 
 
Attached letter markedí OFFICIAL NOTICE contains important information regarding the delivery of your fund therefore open, read and follow the directives given  therein to ensure the successful delivery of  your fund.
 
Yours faithfully
 
Mrs.Kemi Adeosun
Economic and Debt Reconciliation Committee Chairperson
Direct tel line:+234-7051882868
Email: mrskemiadeosun@presidency.com
 

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