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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: "Mr. Godwin Emefiele" <>
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2019 02:05:49 -0800
Subject: From: Mr. Godwin Emefiele Governor Central Bank Fund Release $25.5Million

Your overdue,contract Inheritance Lottery payment with contract file number #/FGN/PTF/407/2019)# AV/NNPC/FNG? Valued for USD25.5 Million has been released today

Following the mandate given to my office inline with the new Policy to fight corruption. I want to bring to your Notice that all Overdue Foreign contractors Payment should be Paid from 2000 till date your name and emails address was discovered as next on the list for payment of ($25,500,000.00) Million as directed by the President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

Reply immediately for more details to enable us pay you send your 1.Full Name 2.Residential Address 3.Age 4, Occupation 5. Direct Telephone Numbers for bank transfer include your bank details as soon as you receive this email Your immediate respond is urgently Needed. Reply to

Best Regards
Mr. Godwin Emefiele
Governor Central Bank

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