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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: Wed, 31 Jul 19 15:29:28 GMT

Dear Friend.

I am Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the current executive governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

I write to inform you that an unpaid contract payment file worth Seventy Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($77.500.000.00) only was recently discovered during the auditing exercise at the closure of the fiscal year of 2018.

With my position as the Central Bank Governor it was easy for me to move the funds to a secure bank account in Europe which will be disclosed to you upon your confirmation of your willness/interest.

The transaction, will be a bank to bank wire transfer to any nominated bank account of your choice.

Kindly supply me with your details as listed below as to enable me prepare the documentations require for the transaction for immediate release of the funds via an Europe bank.

Your Formal Name
Your Direct Contact Address
Your Bank Name & Address
Account Number,
Routing Number,
Swift Code
Your Private Telephone Numbers.
Form of Identification

I will personally furnish you with steps assigned for this payment inline
with the European banking system.

As to know whom you are dealing with, view the website below for verification.


Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Excutive Governor Central Bank (CBN)

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