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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 Ahmed Idris <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:00:35 -0700

Office Of The Accountant General{FGN}
International Foreign Payment Dept,
27, Kofo Abayomi Street Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria. Ref:CIG/100/445


My name is Dr Ahmed Idris,The Accountant General{FGN},in the course of
our General Auditing and Account revision of the 1st quarter of the year
2017,we discovered that the Bank Accounts belonging to some Benefactors
have been changed on the basis that the owners have died some time last
year or have given out an authorization note of change of data. (DEED OF
ASSIGNMENT) After the investigations, however, it was revealed that
there are Foreigners who are collaborating with Retired Staffs to make
these changes illegally without the knowledge of the Bonafide
Benefactors and one traced to your own change is this Mr. Rick Jones who
said you are dead, hence they have forwarded some documents of funeral
service held for you so as to divert your fund. They have also forwarded
to this bank account below as the new account that will receive this

Bank Name:Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road, Central-Hong Kong
Account Name: Rick Jones
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH

But we wanted to confirm if actually this is true and hence decided to
write to your email address which after 2 days from now and there is no
response, we will then know that you are dead indeed and go on with the
transfer. If proved otherwise by you that you did not die, please
forward to us all the related Benefactors particulars including your
Telephone number, contact address. These details from you will help to
assist us reach a conclusion that you are not dead.Anything contrary to
this claim will help us charge this man to court and prosecute him while
your fund will be paid to you immediately without any further delay.

You have to get back to us on time for us to commence legal proceedings
against Mr.Rick Jones and his accomplices. We do await your positive
response by phone or email { }

Yours Sincerely,
Dr Ahmed Idris
Office Of The Accountant General{FGN}

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