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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: "FMF" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:56:18 +0200
Subject: RE: FINAL DATE: 15/10/2019

                            OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
                                     AND FINANCIAL MATTERS
This is to draw your attention of your unclaimed contract payment with the Federal Government and
authorization has been passed to effect the payment on behalf of the Federal Government, We have
officially noticed lot of irregularities attached to your contract payment file.
(1) Did you at any time delegate any person to claim your contract payment on your behalf?
(2) Were you involved in a motor accident?
(3) Are you aware or related to one Mr. Gorovenko  Ivanovich from your country?
Please reconfirm and answer the above questions. An individual called Mr. Gorovenko Ivanovich came
o our office foreign contract payment department and submitted an application that you have
authorized the release of your contract payment of 32.9M (Thirty-Two Million Nine Hundred Thousand
British Pounds Sterling) to be paid into a bank account with the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).
Account number UBS- 943BDG99. With the report that you are now paralyzed as a result of the
ghastly motor accident occurred last month.
Following the official protocols, you are to forward to us a copy of your Power of Attorney authorizing
Mr. Gorovenko  Ivanovich to effect the contract payment on your behalf as requested.
Thanks for your co-operation
Best Regard
Mr. Isa- Duste
Secretary to the Minister of Finance


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