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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: "Nwankwo Abraham" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:37:34 +0100
Subject: Are you aware of this?

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. I have your information on my desk; your name has appeared here on several occasions as one of the debtors to receive their payment but without any success at last.

Are you aware of this? Please be sincere to me.

In my capacity in this office I am ready to do the needful to enable you receive this payment.

Contact me immediately if you wish to receive this fund.


Dr. Abraham Nwankwo
Director-General (DMO)

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