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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. Kingsley Moghalu" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 18:30:58 +0100
Subject: Message regarding your ATM Master card for your compensation fund.


This is a reminder message regarding your ATM Master card for your
compensation fund in the sum of US$1,570,000.00 (One million Five
hundred and Seven thousand US dollars only) approved by the Ministry
of Finance. The Foreign Payment Department of CBN has been mandated by
the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation to handle the payment of your compensation fund of the
above amount by ATM card. Your email contact is amongst the listed
beneficiaries in the data for the sum of US$1,570,000.00. And I have
been assigned by the management of CBN to carry out delivery of the
ATM card package to you.

This compensation is in compliance with IMF and World bank directives
to pacify victims of internet scam. On this note, I am pleased to
inform you that ATM card Number 8539 7578 0114 3023 for the sum of
US$1,570,000.00 has been credited in your favor and ready for
immediate delivery to you. You are hereby required to re-confirm your
full names, telephone number and present address where you want the
ATM card to be delivered to you.

Upon receipt of the above requirements from you I shall have your ATM
card package dispatched to you by courier service who will deliver to
your designated home address. With the ATM card, you can make
withdrawals from any part of the world at ATM center near to you. The
pin number and all necessary user guides will be attached on delivery
(intact in the ATM card package doc.) which will be delivered to you
by the courier service, for your easy use.

Further instruction/directive will be sent to you on receipt of your
acknowledgment to this message.

Best Regards
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu
Office of the Deputy Governor
CBN, Nigeria
Tel:+234 903 222 5207

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