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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: "Kemi ADEOSUN Ms" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:58:02 -0700
Subject: Funds Beneficiary:

Dear Funds Beneficiary:
As ordered by the Nigerian President Mr. Muhammed Buhari, the Federal Ministry of Finance has officially submitted your payment reference file #: FGN/FMF/ADB/0035/2018 to Bank of Industry (BOI), after an agreement was reached between my office and management of BOI.
The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria (FECN) has budgeted of N1 Billion USD through Crude reserve account, the approved fund is currently being used by the payee Bank, BOI and the Federal government lacks enough funds to continue the debts settlement program next year, so urgently get in touch with Bank of Industry (BOI).
You are advised to contact BOI on the given info bellow, reconfirming your personal and Banking coordinates.
Head Office:
256, Zone A O
Off, Herbert Macaulay Way
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
Attn: Mrs. Patricia Taribo
Director, Foreign Operations/ATM Unit.
Bank of Industry.
From records, its obvious that some of you have spent so much, some have invested all they have to claim what rightly belongs to you, and it is on record that this is the first a citing government in Nigeria that will take so much interest trying to resolve and find a lasting and positive solution to this problem. We are not relenting to exhaust all avenues to arrive at a good point, hence the involvement of African Development Bank, and we can proudly say that so much has been archived.
Again, I wish to reiterate that you should contact BOI reconfirming your personal details, Mobile number and full Bank details, or you may lose this fund as too many beneficiaries are standing by, waiting to be paid.
Be rest assured that your fund transfer is 100% guaranteed, your total sum of $10.5MUSD has been approved for transfer.
Congratulations in advance.
Wishing you best of luck.
Yours truly,
Honorable Finance Minister,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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