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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: "ah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 13:40:59 -0700
Subject: ! Your Message !!

Attn: Sir/Madam.

Congratulation! this is to inform you that your inheritance funds valued USD$10.5M has been approved among twenty five other foreign beneficiaries and bonded to our affiliate bankers in Europe-FRANCE and MALAYSIA for immediate release. This is due to the strict financial regulations, lots of certifications/transfer back-up documents required in moving funds out of this country, and most especially United Kingdom-U.K.

Please i want to sound this as a warning to you that inheritance fund is officially handled by the office of The Accountant General of the Federation as the Treasury House known to be the (Accountant General) office established under Civil Services re-organization Decree No.43 of 1988 and paragraph 8 edit 4 of 1999 as amended is responsible for the overall management of all receipt and payments of this country.

This includes payment of contractors, inheritance, and beneficiaries both local and foreign. I also want to notify you that since the assumption of office on 29th May 2015 by president Muhammeadu Buhari, he has introduced Treasury Single Account (TSA) is a financial policy introduced by the Federal Government to consolidate all inflows from the country's ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by way of deposit into commercial banks, traceable into a single/FEDERAL RESERVE ACCOUNT at the Central Bank.

I believe you should see reason why it’s impossible for any other office to affect inheritance payment. Rather, it’s the office of the Accountant General of the Federation Federal to direct both local and foreign inheritance payment. I have decided to give you this primary information because, it will not be wise enough for you to lose your hard earn money to internet smart guys, or hackers that may claim to represent the interest of fund beneficiaries and the Federal Government.

Note that this is among our set priorities as a Government, in our pursuit for change and good governance. Reference to this development, you are therefore advised without wasting time, to get back to us with your complete information, such as your full name and address, telephone number so as to enable us obtain proof of fund letter in your name while we send to you along with the payment schedule letter. When that is done, we shall send you the information of the bank in-charge of your payment to enable you open communication with them without further delay, so they can expedite action on the transfer process accordingly.

Kind regards,
Ahj. Ahmed Idris
The Accountant General of the Federation
(Federal Republic of Nigeria).

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