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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 of Nigeria <>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:58:57 +0100
Subject: From Central Bank Of Nigeria {CBN}.

Central Bank Of Nigeria
Samuel Ladoke Akintola Street, P.M.B,
187 Samuel Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Abuja

My name is Mr Godwin Emefiele the Executive Governor Of The Central Bank
of Nigeria (CBN) and the Executive Chairman of "E.C.D.R". I discovered that
your name and email address in the Central Computer among the list of
unpaid contractors, inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that
was originated from Africa, Nigerian Government, Europe, Asia Plus Middle
east and United States of America among the list of individuals and
companies your unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account.

Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a part-payment
of $5,300,000.00 and has been approved already for Payment. Yesterday two
foreigners (Mr. Tim Parker and Mr. Rowland Gulf) visited my office in your
stead to inform me that they are your Representatives from United State,
whom you send to collecting your Funds for you.

We in this Bank do not understand why you sent these men to come and
Collect your Funds on your behalf. If actually you want them to help you
Collect your Inheritance Bill Sum, at least you should have informed me as
the new Executive Governor of this Bank. They actually tendered some Vital
Documents which Proved that you actually sent them for the Collection of
this Funds. Honestly, it really baffles me that you took such decision
without my consent.

Here are the Document which they tender to this Bank today:


Actually, these Documents which they tendered to this Noble Bank is a clear
Proof that you sent them to Collect this Funds on your behalf. Finally,I
told them to come back tomorrow morning and they promised to come back. As
the Governor of this Noble Bank, I was supposed to Release this Funds to
them but I refused to do so because I wanted to hear from you first.

Due to the Nature of my job, I will not want to make any mistake in
Releasing this Funds to anyone except you whom is the Recognized Bonafide
Beneficiary to this Funds. Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make
this Payment to these foreigners whom came on your behalf. In receipt of
this confidential Letter, you are required to email this Bank immediately
you receive this Confidential Letter.

To enable the process go seamless, please provide the below information.

(1) Full Names
(2) Present Residential Address:
(3) Present Phone, Fax and Mobile Number:
(4) Present Profession, Age and Marital Status:

I wait to hear from you ASAP.

*Executive Governor Of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)*

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