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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "PAYMENT UPDATE OF YOUR MONEY" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 11:18:13 -0000
Subject: PAYMENT UPDATE OF YOUR MONEY
Your total CONTRACT COMPENSATION MONEY FUNDS is waiting to be credited into your ONLINE DOMICILIARY BANK ACCOUNT for online banking system as soon as we hear back from you with your contact details: Your money will be released and PAID into your online banking account and I will send your login details for you to access your MONEY. You will be able to WITHDRAW or TRANSFER your money to any BANK ACCOUNT of your Choice anywhere in the whole world.
What I want to tell you is about your CONTRACT MONEY of $7MILLION - USD you EXECUTED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, your CONTRACT MONEY LONG OVER - DUE FOR PAYMENT by the Federal Government of Nigeria. There are a lot of DIRECTORS of GOVERNEMNT MINISTRIES and AGENCIES in charge of the FUND RELEASE AND TRANSFERS working against the release and transfer of your $7MILLION - USD to your bank account long ago, right from the FEDERAL PAY OFFICE, to the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA and even all the CENTRAL BANK Governors past and present, this was as a result of poor representation, they are using your MONEY to run their own PERSONAL BUSINESS. It is a reality and not related to you alone as a few other complaints have equally been reported in this respect.
There is a way I can assist you get your $7 MILLION - USD TRANSFERRED to any BANK OF YOUR CHOICE, it is risky but one have to take it, I have assisted some FOREIGNERS recently and it worked out very well. What you have to do now is to go and open another bank account any where any bank, you have to bear in mind that you have to RE - TRANSFER the MONEY to another Bank Account immediately you confirmed the receipt of the $7MILLION - USD in your account, I know why I want it this way, to avoid been traced very soon.
Note: If I assist you to do the TRANSFER and you receive your $7 MILLION - USD successfully in your bank account, you will have to give me $2 MILLION - USD out of the $7MILLION - USD for helping you transfer your $7MILLION - USD to your bank account.
If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail, so that I can include your name in the next PAYMENT SCHEDULE and make the transfer without further delay. It might be in the next 6 months that they will find out this transaction, I expect you by then that, you must have RE - TRANSFERERED the MONEY into another Bank account, because once the transaction is done it will be deleted from the computer payment database system so that the fund cannot be traced by the NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT as quickly as possible.
Below is the only information you are required to send us for proper verification.
1) Scan Copy of Your ID Card :
2) Full Names :
3) Residential Address :
4) Country :
5) Nationality :
6) Mobile Number :
7) Occupation :
8) Date of Birth :
Note: You must provide all the required information listed above to enable creating your ONLINE DOMICILIARY BANK ACCOUNT Inter - swift online Banking account today.
I await your response
Get back to me through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you receive this email so that I will TRANSFER THE MONEY in time.
FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA, PLC.