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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:

Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2018 06:27:42 -0700
Subject: I will count on your expertise advice and assistance in

Dear Sir

On behalf of (CBN) Central Bank Of Nigeria, I apologize for all the
delay and in conveniences in releasing your funds, I believe you will
reward me as you have received your long awaited funds.

And most importantly I want you to help me acquire a residential house
in your country, my fund ($7.5m US dollars) which you will use to
acquire the building is in a BANK USA, hence we conclude on the price,
I will send my wife to come and inspect the property before
instructions from the Federal Reserve Bank will commence. I will count
on your expertise advice and assistance in concluding this project
with you.


Mr. Godwin Emefiele

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