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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: "Boss Mustapha" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2020 01:58:38 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY

I am Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the presidential Task Force {PTF} on covid-19 in my country, Nigeria, I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money i kept, deposited in a security volt with one of the reputable security company before the fund get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the security company bank where these deposits were lodged, the fund was donated by (W.H.O) World Health Organisation and some Arab Countries to assist the country due to covid-19 challenge that almost cripple our economy, but, some of the fund has been diverted to personal account by some top officials, i have no option not to acted as instructed by the presidency to transferred some of the fund close to one billion Dollars to different personal account been that my position as the chairman of the PTF was an appointment by the president, based on this reason i used my position to diverted the some of ($35.5M)United State Dollars saved in the above mentioned security company Volt, been that
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Please i am seeking your consent to present you as the beneficiary, the fund will be paid to you as soon as the procedure is concluded, then, you and me will share the money or we can jointly open a partnership business of your choice there in your country or any country of your choice.

I have all necessary legal documents that will be used to back up your claim, all I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see the deal through, there is guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, it is risk free. Please contact me via this private email address below:

Best Regard,

Boss Mustapha

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