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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 May 2021 11:17:56 +0200
Subject: part-payment of USD10.5Million

Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way Central Business District
,Cadastral Zone,Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,Nigeria
Our Ref: FGN/CFCR/CBN/SH-VOL.04/2021
From the Desk of:
The Foreign Remittance {CBN}
Mr. Frank Chukwu
Attention: Honorable Contractor
How are you today, Have you received the part-payment of USD10.5Million, ALH. Ahmed Idris, FCNA Accountant-General of the Federation Federal Republic Of Nigeria called me and told me that the money have been paid to you since last week Friday hence I writing you to know why you have not written or called to notify me.
I hope you know that it is my effort that made it possible for the payment of your fund because I have not relented all this while since I was appointed by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, General Muhammad Buhari GCFR to make the appropriation for the payment of Beneficiary, hence including your file.
As soon as you receive this mail, kindly let me know if you have not received your payment which I have already included for payment. You can call me with my office number +2347017609526 for more information.
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Mr.Frank Chukwu
Director Foreign Remittance Department.
Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}

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