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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: "Edward Adamu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 22:15:17 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,
My name is Mr.Edward Adamu,the newly appointed deputy governor CBN.This is to bring the good news to you that I  have been mandated by the President Federal Republic in conjunction with the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the  Senate Committee on Foreign Debts Reconciliation and Implementation Panel on Contract/inheritance/compensation
funds to complete all the unpaid Contract/inheritance/lottery fund. You are required as a matter of urgency to  reconfirm your information including your name, phone number and your address for verification and immediate  payment within 24 hours.
To this effect, the sum of TEN MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS (US$10.7m) has been  approved for you. I wish to inform you that all matters relating to the release of this payment is now under
my control and supervision. This development has become necessary due to the activities of unpatriotic  government/CBN  officials and impostors who keep on frustrating every effort to settle our clients by making  requests for unauthorized fees and levies from them.
We apologize for any delay you might have encountered in the past; your payment is now 100% Guaranteed
Kindly choose from these three modes of payment (wire transfer, diplomatic cash payment and ATM card).
Best Regards,
Mr.Edward Adamu
Deputy Governor CBN

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