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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: "Ms. Ngone Diop" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2022 00:25:19 +0000

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

We have noticed with deep concern the fraudulent and corrupt practices
by some officials of the Nigerian financial institutions and
government agencies formerly designated with the duty to process and
perform the remittances of various foreign contract/inheritance
payments. These nefarious activities have put Nigeria in bad light
among the committee of nations, which have been very inimical to her
economic growth and development. It is a fact that some beneficiaries
while trying to realize their legitimate contract/inheritance payments
have unsuspectingly fallen prey to schemes and grand designs of these
bad elements in Nigeria who create artificial impediments in the
processing of foreign contract/inheritance payments as devices to
perpetrate fraud.

In need to restore and re-position the ailing Nigerian economy and
status for improved direct foreign investments and economic growth,
the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN/ECA) was
prevailed upon by the president of Nigeria to wade into the matter in
partnership with the Nigerian government to grapple with the arduous
task of restructuring for advancement the Nigerian economic and
financial status, and to further effectiveness in foreign payment
resolution. In the course of verification of your payment file, it was
discovered that you have satisfactorily completed all required legal
and financial obligations in respect of your payment. In this vein,
your fund has been ratified for immediate payment, and high power
directives have been issued to newly restructured Central Bank of
Nigeria to credit your bank account without further delay with the
total sum of US$6,400,000.00 representing part payment of your
outstanding fund, who under the present structure ha! ve taken over
full responsibility

You are hereby advised to contact and communicate your bank account
information to the Managing Director, Payment System Directorate,
Central Bank of Nigeria - CBN for crediting of US$6,400,000.00 into
your bank account. While communicating the the Managing Director,
Payments System Directorate - CBN, please quote: Ref No:
UN-ECA/INHERITANCE-CONTRACT/#0170717 for his reference.
The contact information of the Managing Director, Payments System
Directorate – CBN is:

Contact Person: DR. SILAS JAYAMMA (Managing Director,
Wire Transfer Services – CBN)
Bank Address: Central Bank of Nigeria, Plot 33,
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way, Abuja, Nigeria
Office Telephone No: +234 9120937189
E-mail Address: (

Yours truly,
Ms. Ngone Diop
(Director, Subregional Office, West Africa)
UN Economic Commission for Africa
7, Alfred Rewane Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Hotline: +234 7080026811

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