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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: Chief.Tony Elumelu.<>
Date: 30 Oct 2018 11:50:45 +0700
Subject: Did You Send Them

Tel: Highly Confidential.
16 Walter Carrington Str. Ikoyi Lagos-Nigeria.
>From the Desk of Chief.Tony Elumelu GCON.
Official Web Account:
Our Ref: FGN/OHG/OXD1/2016
Date: 29/10/18

ATTN: Beneficiary,

Re:Release/Transfer Notice of your Approved Funds (US$3,000,
000.00). May you remain favored and I pray that this email will
find you in Good Spirits and of course always in the best of
health.This letter will definitely be amazing to you because of
its realistic value.Sorry for the inconveniences that was
rendered to you in your line of Inheritance Payment transaction
with some Nigerian Officials some while ago.

Without taking much of your time, my name is Chief. Tony Elumelu,
the Honorable Paymaster General of The Federal Republic of
Nigeria (UBA). Presently we are being paid by the American
government in other to avert Scam and also to avert beneficiary
funds delays here in Nigeria, So far, we have succeeded in
Settling (Mrs. Ann Keyser,Mr. Edward Drake, Mr. Caleb Jones etc.

Your Funds were returned to the Federal Government Treasury some
while ago because you did not finalize your claim
for it. A week ago, the Presidency and The Federal Executive
Council collectively agreed to release the sum of US$3,000,000.00
to you but to our surprise you sent down your representatives Mr.
Tim Parker and Mr. Rowland Gulf to collect this Funds on your
behalf, this morning.

For the fact that this Committee is faithfully in my full
governance as the Honorable Paymaster General of The Federal
Republic of Nigeria, i will like you to give me the authority to
transfer your Funds into their own Bank Account in Singapore

We await your immediate response via email and telephone .Reply
Officially Sealed,

Chief.Tony Elumelu.
The Honorable Paymaster General.

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