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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 of Nigeria <>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2022 01:31:54 +0100
Subject: Central Bank of Nigeria

Garki Abuja.Nigeria
Foreign Remittance Department.
Phone Number: +234 9035925537


This is to bring to your notice from the Central Bank Remittance
Department that your outstanding contractual payment which was
suspended by the Nigerian government there by stopping the TELEX
TRANSFER DEPARTMENT to pause the transfer of your contract fund to
your nominated bank account. As a result of this development
verification conducted by the Finance Ministry in conjunction with the
Debt Verification Panel on your contract case file has beenendorsed
for payment awaiting your confirmations.

In view of several efforts already made by us to contact you for the
following reasons based on the new account submitted to this office on
your behalf:

(1) My Office desks have just received a sworn affidavit from Mr.
RAINER HESSE ? of Germany to re-route your payment into a new bank
account number as stated VACAP Federal Credit Union, 1700 Robin Hood
Road, Richmond, VA 23220. Account number 32501. of Mr. RAINER HESSE

The sum of 27 Million US Dollars ( Twenty Seven Million US
Dollars)(2)Please, confirm to our office if you have instructed Mr.
RAINER HESSE ?of GERMANY to appoint an attorney/agent on your behalf
thereby asking that he receive cash call remittance on your behalf.

(3) It have come to our notice that you are being contacted by
unauthorized individuals with respect to your contract payment but
unfortunately this office is not aware of your unofficial dealings and
warned that it is at your own risk.

(4) Please, also confirm if you have authorized Mr. RAINER HESSE ? to
change your banking particulars to the following particulars stated
below: VACAP Federal Credit Union, 1700 Robin Hood Road, Richmond,
VA23220. Account number 3250163 Also re-confirm your Contract Number,
Contract Amount, Private Telephone and Fax number, your e-mail
address, Office or home address so that we can cross-check it with our
file records.

Reply back on ( your full information.
Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72
hours if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to
us by the IMF. We will start the transfer as soon as we received your

We have decided to contact you for re-verification because we
suspected that Mrs. RENAE MOORE? is trying to divert your money
through the sworn affidavit into a new different bank account. You are
advised to get back to this office within 7 days from today.
We await on the follow information:
1.Your Id card or International passport.....
2.Your Full name.............
3.Your what's App number................
4.Your residential Address
5.Your Country.......................
6.Private Telephone Number:...............

Best Regards
Mr. Godwin Emefiele
Executive Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
Phone : +234 9035925537
Mr. Godwin Emefiele

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