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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: "Dr. Abdu Abubakar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:37:45 +0100
Subject: Re: Payment instruction to credit your account with the sum of US$10,000,000.00??? 45.5.

Attention:  Beneficiary,
Re: Payment instruction to credit your account with the sum of US$10,000,000.00???
This is to notify you that your overdue contract funds has been gazetted to be released, via key telex transfer (KTT) direct wire transfer to you by the Senate house committee for foreign overdue fund transfer. Meanwhile,  a woman wrote to my office  few days ago with a letter, claiming to be your True representative. All Over due Inheritance/contract Funds winner prize have been recalled to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Both Africa and Asia and USA, Europe.
Here are her information's
Account Name:Elizabeth Rose Tolson
ROUTING NO: 065400137
ACCOUNT NO: 752649939
Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you So that the Bank will not be held responsible for paying into the wrong account Name. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been approved and accredited by the Federal Ministry Of Finance and the Senate House committee for foreign overdue fund, to pay all foreign Overdue inheritance funds and contract to respective original beneficiaries this second quarter Payment of the year 2021.Base the meeting held with the Governor and board of directors of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on0 19/04/2021
Meanwhile, you are advice to get back to my office immediately with the requested details to enable us have your correct details to wire your fund: Send your reply to this email address (
1.Your First/Middle & Last Name:
2.Your Full Office or Residential Address:
3.Your Original Country of Origin:
4.Age/Sex/Marital Status:
5.Position Held in Office:
6.Present Occupation:
7.Office Telephone/Fax:
8.Residential Tel/Fax & Mobile Line:
9.Banking Details:
10. The Official Amount Owed To You:
11. The Country Where you are expecting your claim from:
12.A certified Copy of your international passport or any scanned
However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Elizabeth Rose Tolson, if we do not hear from you within the next seven working days from today.
Your Sincerely,
Dr. Abdu Abubakar
Administrative Department Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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