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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 20.41.05 +0100

Attention Beneficiary.
You are been officially contacted by CBN, Please confirm this information. Did you ask Mr. Edmond Beneker from USA to claim your fund, he told us you had an accident and you are lying half dead in the hospital and gave him our contact to reach us and claim the fund on your behalf? This man was directed to us by Mr. John Adams the account officer that is supposed to transfer your fund to your account. Please as matter of urgency get back to us immediately before things will get wrong. Below are the account details of Mr. Edmond Beneker where he authorized us to transfer your fund into;
Name on account: Edmond Beneker
Bank: Wells Fargo
Address: 8233 Rochester Hwy. SC4600 Salem, SC 29676 USA
Acct. #: 1010246561978
Swift Code: WFBUS0947
Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency immediately without further delay so as to enable us release  your fund  through online transfer/E-banking without exposing your banking details to anybody. You are requested to fill and send the below information's: for verification purposes so that your fund will be remitted to your nominated bank account Or to any of your approved representative, the verification information's needed is as follows.
1. Your name:
2. Your full address:
3. Your telephone/ fax:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Your occupation.
As the head  of this Noble department, I was supposed to Release this Funds to him but I refused to do so because I wanted to hear from you first, due to the Nature of my job, I will not want to make any mistake in releasing this fund to anyone except you whom is the recognized beneficiary to this Fund.
Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment to this foreigner/representative whom came on your behalf, I'm waiting for your reply as soon as possible,
We look forward to give you a better service in near future.
Yours Faithfully
Mr. Godwin E.
Governor Central Bank of Nigeria.
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