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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Adeleke Peter <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 12:11:02 +0100
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA,
566 TO 599 VICTORIA ISLAND,
The central banks of Nigeria (CBN), writes to inform you that
$15,000,000.00(fifteen-million united states dollars)
has been approved by the world bank organization and central bank of
Nigeria as scam victim\covid-19 affected
in the compensation fund for those which has been affected in the past
years. the $15,000,000.00
will be credited/paid via ATM MasterCard/bank transfer to the legal
beneficiary, which his/her name has been included as
scam victim/covid-19 affected
NOTE:YOU ARE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM YOUR VALID INFORMATION TO ENABLE THE
CENTRAL BANK REACHES OUT TO YOU AS THE AFFECTED
PERSON OR FAMILY .
confirm below information
(1),your full name..................
(3),your marital status.............
(7),id card for verification .......
your urgent response is welcomed as we are open to receive any question
that may disturb you.
Central Bank Nigeria