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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: "Dr Nwankwo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:55:56 +0100
Subject: Let me hear from you

For your honest attention,  
I am the Director of the Debt Management Office in the FMF (Federal Ministry of Finance) I hope this message finds you in good health.
Do you want to receive your payment this time?
I am in direct position to tell you the truth and what I can do to enable you receive this payment successfully now. 
There is an immediate official arrangement by my government for two (2) Contractors from your country, whose payments has been  approved to be delivered directly by Diplomatic payment system into your country, the two Contractors from your countrys fund will be delivered by Diplomats directly into your country.
If you will agree and accept my condition I will use my official Capacity and contact to fix your name among the two Contractors, then you will make them three and the fund will be delivered  together, this way there will be no much procedure, it will be easier and immediate for you.
You are free to ask me any question for more clarification.
Let me hear from you.
You can also call me on my Private number:  234 802 4679 778
Dr. Abraham Nwankwo

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