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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned 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: Udom Emmanuel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 13:52:58 -0700
Subject: ATTN: BENEFICIARY
OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT
(RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT)
National Assembly Complex
3 Arms Zones
P.M.B 141 Abuja FCT, NIGERIA
Our Ref: J4 PANEL -NHA/FDMC/XXI/014
BE INFORMED, THAT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT HAS GIVEN AN INSTRUCTION TO
RELEASE YOUR CONTRACT/NEXT OF KIN PAYMENT, QUOTING THE EXCHANGE CONTROL
APPROVAL NUMBER GUARANTEED TO YOU BY THIS GOVERNMENT.
F.G.N./PED/C.B.N./N.N.P.C-10/2014 IN FAVORS OF YOUR COMPANY, FOR THOSE IN
CATEGORY âAâ SPECIAL, (LONG OVERDUE CONTRACT/NEXT OF KIN PAYMENT). YOU ARE
MANDATED TO RE-CONFIRM YOUR CONTRACT DETAILS AS SHOWN HEREIN.
THIS GOVERNMENT WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY FURTHER COMPLAINS FROM ANY OF OUR
CONTRACTORS/NEXT OF KIN WHO IS UNABLE TO ADHERE STRICTLY TO THIS
INSTRUCTION GIVEN TO HIM/HER BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA FOR THE
IMMEDIATE COLLECTION OF FUND BY OUR CONTRACTORS/BENEFICIARIES.
DO CONTACT Mr. Godwin Emefiele
Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
DIRECT NUMBERS: +234-81-53-33-535, FAX 234-1-7592117
FOR MORE REMITTANCE INSTRUCTIONS. THIS INSTRUMENT IS SIGNED AND DELIVERED
BY THE SENATE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA ON BEHALF OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF
NIGERIA. YOU ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO CONFIRM TO THE BANK YOUR MODE OF PAYMENT
AS STATED HEREIN;
MODE OF PAYMENT:
1. CASH PAYMENT
2. TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER (KTT)
3. ATM VISA CARD
YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE OF THE TWO OPTIONS ABOVE ON HOW YOU WANT YOUR FUND
TO BE PAID. WE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA IS APOLOGIZING TO YOU FOR
THE DELAY IN THE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND DUE TO SOME LOGISTIC REASONS.
ALHAJI SAMBO SWORN (G.C.O.N)
THE VICE PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA