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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: "Central Bank (CBN)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:49:42 -0700
Subject: Re: Your fund claim

International Remittance Department,
Central Bank of Nigeria,
Abuja - Nigeria.

Fund code: 001722147/

Attentions :Beneficiary,

Your fund has been fully recovered we are the Central Bank fund recovery committee recently
commissioned by the President Federal Republic Of Nigeria,
Muhammadu Buhari,(GCFR).

Our responsibilities are to recover stolen funds, properties,
Compensation payments, lottery winnings, Fund Inheritance, Contract Funds, e.t.c.

You are receiving this email because you
are listed as a potential beneficiary of funds yet to be paid to you. In your
own case we have discovered that you are being owed specific sum.
Please kindly re confirm your details as below so we can effect your
claim payment on schedule.

(1)Your Full Name:........
(2) Residential / Home Address:.....
(3) Any form of ID
(4) Phone, Fax and Cell Phone number:......
(5) Age & Sex:.......
(6) Marital Status:.......
(7) OCCUPATION (Profession/ Company/Business Name if any.......
(8) YOUR Next of Kin:........
(9) Your bank account details.
(10) Your ID. Copy driver license.

To verify that you are the right receiver to avoid mistakes.
We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past years.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Joseph Nnanna
Deputy Governor,
Financial System Stability
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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