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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: "CUSTOMER CARE SERVICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 07:40:19 -0800
Subject: Are you alive .

Attn:The Beneficiary,

Are you alive ? If yes , have you received your overdue payment from the Nigerian government ?.

I am asking this question today due to the letter we received from a one time senator of the federation dated 16/01/2023. In his letter , he said that you are now late and that your funds US$10.5M should be transferred to one Mrs.Kerry Morton's bank account with First National Bank in Arkansas, United States of America.

Since I have your email on our system , I decided to send this message through your email address today hoping to find out if you are dead as he claimed or still alive. Also to find out if you are at any time given the Power of Attorney for any one to represent you in claiming your overdue payment.

Kindly respond to this letter today if you are still alive with your direct working telephone number to let us know if you are aware of this plan as claimed by the senator .

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Godwin Emefiele (Governor),
Central Bank of Nigeria.

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