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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: "Mr. Miji Amidu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:08:23 -0700
Subject: Re: Debt Management Office.

Dear friend,
I am the director special assignments, Debt Management Office (D.M.O). I make this contact to inform you as a matter of urgency regarding the release of your entitlement fund from the National Petroleum Corporation's ESCROW account if you are interested to receive your fund this time.
I would like to help you on what to do next to achieve this plan because I have the intention to invest my share on Real Estate in your country.
I wait to hear from you for more details.
Yours truly,
Mr. Miji Amidu.

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