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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:

Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 14:04:09 +0100
Subject: Attn:Beneficiary,Cbn Debt Payment Notice Of Your Funds.

Central Bank Remittance Unit,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja,
Federal Capital Territory,
Contract #: Mav/Nnpc/Fgn/Min/013,
Swift Code:Bph Kpl Pk,
A/C#: 32960612449g8
Foreign Remittance
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/11


My name is Mr Godwin Emefiele the new Executive Governor Of The Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Executive Chairman of "E.C.D.R".I discovered
your name and email address (in the Central Computer among the list of
unpaid contractors, inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that
was originated from Africa (Nigerian Government) Europe, Asia Plus Middle
east, Americans) among the list of individuals and companies that your
unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account.Your name appeared among
the beneficiaries who will receive a payment of $15,000,000,00 Million and
has been approved already for Payment. Last Monday two foreigners (Mr.
David L Smith and Mr. John Shook) visited my office on your behalf and
stated that You and Mr. Jesus Martinez Cardona sent them to come and
represent you in your stead to inform me that they are your Representatives
from the United State, who has been working with the CBN as a beneficiary
since. We in this Bank do not understand why you sent these men to come and
Collect your Funds on your behalf. If actually you want them to help you
Collect your contract fund, at least you should have informed me as the new
Executive Governor of this Bank. They actually tendered some Vital
Documents which Proved that you actually sent them for the Collection of
these Funds. Honestly, it really baffles me that you took such decision
without my consent.Here are the Document which they tender to this Bank


Actually, these Documents which they tendered to this Noble Bank is a clear
Proof that you sent them to Collect this Funds for you.Finally, I told them
to come back Next week Monday morning and they promised to come back. As
the Governor of this Noble Bank, I was supposed to Release these Funds to
them 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
these Funds to anyone except you who is the Recognized Bonfire Beneficiary
to these Funds. Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment
to these foreigners who came on your Behalf. In receipt of this
confidential Letter, you are required to email this Bank immediately you
receive this Confidential Letter.(

You are required to reconfirm to me your information below

1, Your full name and your address
2, Your Telephone number or fax
3, Your Age and Marital status,
4, Your Occupation

As soon as I receive this information, I will proceed with the Processing
of your fund transfer to your account.

Best Regards

Call Me(+234-80-8729-98-85)
Executive Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria

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