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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: "Mrs . Kemi Adeosun" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 18:58:44 -0700
Subject: Your Compensation Payment is ready'' (Federal Ministry of Finance)

Dear fund Beneficiary

We wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review of all unclaimed funds, your payment file was forwarded to our office by the United Nations for immediate transfer of (US$1.750,000)One Million Seven Hundred and fifty thousand united states dollars compensation to your bank account. The audit reports given to us shows that you have been going through hard times by paying a lot of money to certain groups of individuals and banks for the transfer of your funds, which has been delayed by some dubious officials.

We therefore advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence outside this office as the Federal Ministry of Finance is now in-charge of your delayed fund payment. Should you follow to our directives, US$750,000 will be credited in your bank account by telegraphic transfer within three (3) banking working days and copies of the funds transfer documents will be sent to you or alternatively receive via ATM Card sum of US$1.750,000 to your address.

For immediate payment of the US$1.750,000 as approved, kindly reply back and re-confirm your

JOB TITLE AND TELEPHONE Number ; today by email of Rev (Dr). Patrick Wilson the Pay-master general  below for further details on this fund payment schedule. Your reply to this message will be expected and Rev (Dr). Patrick Wilson the Pay-master general  under Federal Fund Monitors (FFM) Nigeria will proceed with you. Contact email Direct phone number +234-8089816504

Yours sincerely,

Mrs . Kemi Adeosun
Federal Ministry of Finance

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