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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "LAI MOHAMMED" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 18:07:12 -0500
Subject: INFORMATION MINISTER % ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED...
I am Mr Lai Mohammed, Nigeria Information Minister on foreign affairs to Federal Government of Nigeria. I was instructed by Senate Committee on International Transfer to get you informed concerning your outstanding payment which is now under payment review for 2020 payment Re-Allocation.
This was resolved after the Board meetings involving our Senate Committee ,banks directors,foreign Remittance officers of each bank and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit director Mrs Vera Uzo whom is now in charge of financial matter,Therefore,it has been agreed before the senate committee that all outstanding payment waiting for transfer under commercial bank or Central Bank over the years should be paid to beneficiary's concern as an order from the presidency in other to redeem the image and reputation of our government
This ugly development has come to the notice of our Federal Government that some corrupt and unscrupulous persons in bank and ministries are involve in illegal ACT of fund transfer with bank directors,Finance Minister and our formal EFCC chairman by declaring that some beneficiaries whom has contract/inheritance fund to claim here in Nigeria are dead.
This information has kept our formal EFCC Chairman ,Finance Minister and some bank directors under our Government surveillance through NFIU, therefore all protocols must be observed concerning outstanding debt own to beneficiaries whom their transaction is over due for completion, our governments want to know about your current situation concerning your outstanding Debt if you are alive to proceed with the claim and get it settle.
Mr, Alhaji Lai Mohammed