Federal Ministry of Finance Email Disclaimer
Since several members of the public receive 419 related e-mail everyday in their mail boxes, we recommend that you delete it and not respond to it. Though these e-mails are fraudulent, several gullible people respond to them with a hope to finally make a fortune. Some people go as far as to play along with the scammers with a view that they will eventually obtain enough details to apprehend these scammers. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria has compiled a list of frequent scenarios and what you should do in each situation, as follows.
- Do you want to ascertain the genuineness of some issues?
The Federal Ministry of Finance does not have any overseas branch. It does not include such titles as Wire Transfer Department, Remittance Department, Contract Approval Committees, etc.
Note however that scammers frequently impersonate members of staffs, top officials and outstanding members of the Nigerian society.
- Do you want to ascertain the genuineness of someone who may have contacted or met with you?
The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria will not give out personal information (like phone numbers, official email addresses, fax lines & pagers,) on any of our staff for any reason. If you suspect the authenticity of any one who claims to be acting on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance, you are advised to study this disclaimer. Advance Fee Fraudsters prey on gullible respondents to perpetrate their heinous crimes.
- The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria does not use any free host internet or email service provider.
If you have received any email from an address that DOES NOT end with "@fmf.gov.ng" or "@finance.gov.ng"; if you are referred to website that is not www.fmf.gov.ng or www.finance.gov.ng (this website); it is not a bona fide Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria ‘means’ of communication. Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria staff do not use Hotmail or Yahoo Accounts or any other free e-mail service provider for official purposes.
- Do you want to inform us of a fraudulent e-mail you received?
While we thank you for the gesture, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria is a control and management institution. It does not investigate or prosecute offending scammers. Its sole responsibility is stated on our about-us page. However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (E.F.C.C.) can be reached at its website www.efccnigeria.org; e-mail:-
scam @ efccnigeria.org & info @ efccnigeria.org or the Nigerian Police Force with website at www.nigeriapolice.org and email webmaster @ nigeriapolice.org are the appropriate authorities mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to deal with such issues. You may forward your e-mail to them for prompt action. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria is not obliged to respond to any reports or email concerning this. (Please remember to remove the spaces from the emails above Want to know why?)
- Do you intend to claim an inheritance or lottery?
The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria does not maintain accounts for individuals or private companies. If you have received memos, faxes, telephone calls, e-mails, etc in respect of any inheritance claim or lottery win purporting to emanate from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria, you must have been contacted by fraudulent scammers. Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria does not keep account of any inheritance or conduct any form of Lottery nor engage in transfers of winnings of any lottery in Nigeria or any other country.
Though the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria maintains a helpdesk in Legal Services Division, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria may not be obliged to respond to any emails.