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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "GOVERNOR CBN BANK" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 28 May 2021 06:35:03 +0200
Subject: Confirme your account details.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way Central Business District
,Cadastral Zone,Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,Nigeria
Our Ref: FGN/NNPC/CBN/SH-VOL.04/2021
SWIFT CODE: CBNINGLA,
OUR REF: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/21
PHONE NUMBER: +234-9022874680
GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD AND MANAGEMENT OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN) URGENT RESPONSE REGARDING YOUR FUND APPROVED PAYMENT OF $10,500,000.00 (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ONLY)
Attention: Honorable Beneficiary,
My Name is Dr Godwin Emefiele, I am the Chief Executive Officer CEO thats governor Central Bank Of Nigeria(CBN), This is to alert you that your name and email address is on the Central Computer among the list of unpaid contractors, Inheritance next of kin, Compensation fund and lotto beneficiaries that originated from Africa (Nigerian Government) Europe, Asia Plus Middle East, Americans) Among the list of individuals you are a beneficiary to receive an inheritance fund payment worth the sum of $10.500,000.00 (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ONLY) which has been approved by the Federal Government and deposited into our bank for your immediate payment but we need your urgent confirmation to this Bank today because in our Bank there was a presence
BANK NAME: BANK OF AMERICA
BANK ADDRESS: 3901 HWY 78 EAST JASPER, AL. 35501 USA
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 12908576457
ROUTING NUMBER: 121000358
ACCOUNT NAME: JOHN NORBERT
The management of this Bank wishes to know from you today if you know this man? Your confirmation to the above will be appreciated as we look forward to hearing from you soon if you are still alive before the commence of the transfer of your fund into Mr. John Norbert of 122 Fitch Way, Sacramento, CA 95864 USA provided bank account, As the new CEO of this Noble Bank, I was supposed to Release this Funds to Mr. John Norbert today but I refused to do so because I wanted to hear from you first to know if truly you are dead or still alive because due to the nature of my job I will not want to make any mistake in Releasing this Funds to anyone except you who is the Recognized beneficiary to this Funds, therefore, i instructed Mr. John Norbert to come back to this Bank in the next 72 hours for me to make inquiries and further investiga
You are advise to quickly call me on my phone number +234-9022874680 and contact me immediately once you receive this email reply to my email as soon as possible today, As soon as I receive your urgent response to this Bank today that you are still alive I will quickly proceed with the processing of your fund transfer payment into your own account or any other means which you will like or desire to receive your fund because it has been approved for your immediate payment. Thank you for your kind understanding as we look forward to hearing from you in this Bank today.
DR. GODWIN EMEFIELE,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)