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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: "Adebisi Shonubi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 12:36:36 -0700

Dear Sir,

After a serious thought I decided to contact you because I know you
were not told the truth from the beginning of this claim, that is why
you have not been able to receive your overdue payment. I am
Mr. Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi, the deputy governor operation central
bank Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I overheard the new Finance Minister along with
some of your partners discussing diverting your overdue funds to a
Swiss bank account. I considered it very necessary to let you know
about it, so you can work with me and have your funds processed
and transferred into your bank account. Get back to me for directives
on how we will immediately stop this evil plan of the Finance Minister
as soon as possible.

The Governor must not know i am working with you. The only document
holding the release of your funds is the TC1 FORM, and the 9 pages
classified transfer document that must be endorsed by you only, and
return back to me so i can process the transfer through the Central
Bank Nigeria. I am very convinced that you were not told this before,
I want to let you know that once the TC1 FORM is procured and 9 pages
transfer document endorsed, then consider your funds already released
to any bank account of your choice, or any payment option you deemed
fit to receive your funds.

Once you indicate your interest to work with me, I will give you step
by step directives on how we will go about the process of transferring
these funds to your bank account without any more delay.

You can reach me on my private email if you are interested for more

Yours truly.

Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi.
(Deputy Governor, Operations - CBN)

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