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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: Mr Mutiu Sunmonu <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:37:23 +0100
Subject: Waiting for your response


I am Mr Mutiu Sunmonu, The Chairman, Julius Berger Nigeria Construction
Company, I write you officially to know if you are willing to sale your
Contract/Inheritance information with the Nigerian Government to us since
you have not been able to receive your fund.

We understand that your fund has already been declared paid to the
Federal Government of Nigeria by the Corrupt Bank/ Government Officials
that handled your fund payment, and all this while you have been fighting
to receive your fund without knowing that the Corrupt Bank/Government
Officials that handled your fund payment diverted your fund to a trading
Company in London, and have been trading with your fund on Stocks and
Bonds without your knowledge and still frustrating / ripping you off by
making you pay bills to frustrate you.

We have very high understanding with the Nigerian Government and we have
connection with top financial governing bodies in Nigeria and London.

We are making you an offer to sale your Contract/Inheritance information to
us, while we pay you directly through one of our offshore banking accounts
and go for the fund with the information which you will give us.

I await your response.

Yours Sincerely.

Mr Mutiu Sunmonu.
Julius Berger Nigeria Construction Company.
Tel: +2348189556400

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