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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Stephen Olabisi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:43:27 -0300
Subject: Regarding your inheritance funds

35 MARINA P. O. Box 5216,
TEL PHONE:+234 80 9441 7275
                                WELCOME TO FIRST BANK
This letter is written to you in order to change your life from
today.I am Mr.Stephen Olabisi the Director, International Remittance
Department of this Bank, my Boss, Mr. Jacobs M. Ajekigbe, the Managing
director/CEO of this bank is now on compulsory leave and all power
have been vested on me to make all international payments.
Also, due to reported cases of corrupt practices in other Nigeria
Banks including the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Government
has revoked/canceled all power vested on those banks and has appointed
our bank (First Bank of Nigeria) to make all foreign payments. Be
informed that the Federal Government have approved the release of
part-payment of$6.5M (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) out
of your total funds, which has been in this bank for many years
unclaimed because my boss Mr. Jacobs Ajekigbe, collaboration with the
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have refused to tell you the
truth on how to claim your fund this is because he has been using the
interest accumulated from your fund every year to enrich himself
without your knowledge.
I want to help you pull out this fund to your bank account using the
easiest and the quickest method, which have not been made known to you
before. By this method, you will open a domiciliary account with this
bank (First Bank of Nigeria), your fund would be lodged into this
domiciliary account and your fund will be paid in directly to any bank
of your choice. After the transfer, you will confirm the fund in your
bank account within 5hours the same day. No Cost of Transfer (COT) and
no stoppage from any Government departments as the transfer will be
done within the bank alone and it is very safe.
The method which was introduced to you before is the Telegraphic
Transfer (TT) for which confirmation was 48hrs, because of the time
factor, petitions could come from various organizations stopping
yourpayment and asking you to pay huge fee which would be difficult
for you to pay so that they can benefit from the huge interest your
fund generates while still in the Bank. This method is not safe for
you because it is not done within the bank alone as information of the
payment would be sent to the Central Control Unit (CCU) of the Federal
Ministry of Finance and office of the Accountant General of the
As a good Christian, I have nothing to gain by keeping your fund, I
want to assist you receive your fund before my boss resumes office.
You have to follow up and work with me now, so keep this very
confidential. Your present/valid account co-ordinates and amount to be
claimed so that I do not transfer your fund to the wrong Bank Account.
You are advise to forward to your Full Name, your contact address,your
phone number, your Occupation, your Sex, your next of Kin and your
Date of Birth to enable me open account, be well inform that opening
account is free.
Awaiting your urgent response,
Mr.Stephen Olabisi.

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