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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: "FRANKA ADEGUN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 21:32:05 -0700

Dear Friend
I know that you might be surprise on this mail, but I am telling you the truth. I know that it is against my official duty and the rules to release such confidential details to an outsider. I am doing this because of my belief as a Christian, I am bettered seen what you are passing through in the hand of my Top officials and Directors of the CBN BANK.
I want to tell you about your Inheritance/Compensation Funds worth 10.5 million USD with the Federal Government of Nigeria, there are a lot people working against you right from the last CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and the current Governor Mr. Godwin Emefiele,  in conjunction with other Board of Directors and Top officials, they have been frustrating you by demanding upfront payment from you constantly, they are using all the money you sent  to them working  against you to the top government officials to cancel your name from the payment file.
There is a way I can assist you get your funds without you paying much charges, it is risk but one have to take it, I have assisted one woman from Mexico through the means and she receive her  funds US$20.5m. What you have to do is to open another bank account anywhere, if you can open it in another place, it will be nice, but what you have to bear in mind is that you have to re transfer the funds to another account immediately you confirmed it in your account, I know why I want it this way.
If you wish to receive your funds with my help then reply me as soon as you get this mail today, I will start making the arrangement for the transfer this week, my office might noticed what has happen but before then you have re transferred the fund to another account.
yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Dr. Franka Adegun
Board Member CBN Bank.

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