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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. Nelson Smith" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 13:09:05 +0100

Dr. Nelson Smith
Director Foreign
Operation Dept (CBN)
TEL: +234-9078739346


ATTN: Sir/Madam,

After waiting to hear from you or your Nigerian and Foreign partners
for sometime now. I decidedto make this direct approach to you in
order not to let it be as if I have anything in mind against you. I do
not know if you have asked yourself why each time
the release of this fund is approved, all of a sudden, the payment
will be stopped or one problem or the other will come up.

If you have not asked this question or you do not know, this is an
opportunity for me to tell you. Some time ago, your Nigerian and
Foreign partners, I mean the people
that introduced you to the project approached me through my dear wife
who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance and requested me to
assist them conclude a money transfer deal they had with you, they
requested me to assist them by removing the original Next –of- Kin's
name and bank particulars from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Vetting
and replacing them with your name and your bank details in order to
make you appear as the rightful Next –of- Kin and the true beneficiary
of this fund. I agreed on conditions that they would pay me
US$100,000.00 as soon as your name appears as the Next –of- Kin
and the true beneficiary. I did as agreed and demanded to be paid but
your partners started telling me stories.

They even told me that you promised to send money to me, do you know
that up till now, I have not received a single cent from them and have
not set my eyes on any of
them and I was reliably informed that they have moved the fund to
London, so that they will cash it over there. This is why I decided to
hear from you since your name has been enlisted. But based on their
attitude, I decided to stop the fund release movement to London
because I cannot be denied of my right in my own office considering
the risk as it might affect my job.

Secondly, I know the source of the fund, that you are not the rightful
Next –of- Kin and the true beneficiary, though I am the only person
privileged to know this information and it is a fact.

Why I am making this clear to you is that I can see that you are still
making efforts in order to conclude this transaction.

Now I am ready to forget the past. I do not need the US$100,000 any
longer from you but a good compensation from your mind. I need your
assurance that your colleagues will be totally kept out of this
transaction. I know that none of them is aware of my new
approach to you.

Stop spending your money unnecessarily to them both here and overseas
because you will not receive this money without my hand in it. I
personally did the work at the beginning and only I can perform it.
The secret is that your partners failed to STAMP-DUTY YOUR NEXT-OF-KIN
PAYMENT DOCUMENTS and it is the true fact.

Finally, I need your promise that no official of the Central Bank of
Nigeria or your partners will be aware of my involvement in this
regard because of my position. Now re-assure me that you will be
willing to compensate me. That you will assist my wife to establish a
foreign account in your country where my compensation will be lodged
in. Also KTT FUND RELEASE APPROVAL DOCUMENTS will be sent to you for
endorsement after which I will remit the money within 72 hours. I am a
man of my words, if you are ready to conclude this business with me,
kindly contact me so that we can have a chat over this issue once and
for all.

N/B: I will like to inform you again based on the fact that you are
not the rightful Next –of- Kin and the true beneficiary, which I am
the only one privileged to
know this. I will transfer this fund to fulfill my words So what you
are expected is to follow my directives and instructions.

Firstly you will assure me of 100% confidentiality, secondly, write a
promissory note that once I make this transfer you will as well return
my agreed percentage, thirdly, you will assist me secure a nice school
for my son over there. I stand to assure you that you have my word on

I shall help you by making sure that this fund is transferred into
your account. You know the truth and if you keep dealing with wrong
people that are deceiving you, you will only have yourself to blame. I
have told you sincerely that nobody can get this
fund for you because I have blocked every loop hole that no one can
get it for you
without my consent, which I refer to the bad behavior from those
criminals throughout the time we were processing this payment, I
therefore urge you to forget about
them and forge ahead for better without remembering the past.

And as you have assured me that you will come out with sincere mind
and be plain to me I will help and make this possible under five (4)
banking days and it will not cost us much but a little because I am in

As you have promised not to disappoint me, keep it secret, do away
with those your Nigerian and London partners. I will assist in every
necessary way and transfer this fund to you within four banking days.
I am telling you again for the second time, you will today apply for
legalization of your account in the Federal Court of Justice here so
as to enable us transfer without further delay.

You are lucky that you came in when we are about finishing the
compilation of this payment batch for the last quarter. Now you have
to be careful to avoid any dent and
irregularities on your file, that is a fact.

Lastly, If I hear or discover that you disclose this information to
anyone of your Local and Foreign partners, I promise you that this
fund will never get to your Bank Account as long as I am alive.

You should send your reply to: E-mail:

I wait to hear from you immediately so that we will discuss at length
and I will give more light in respect of this transaction.

Best Regard,

Dr. Nelson Smith
Director Foreign
Operation Dept (CBN)

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