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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: Mon, 08 May 2023 07:36:53 -0700


This is to inform the above that National Relief Fund/Central Bank
is offering a Financial Incentive of ($8,000.000.000 Eight
Million United States Of America Dollar) to every United
States of America/Asia/European/African/CITIZEN of the world a life
time opportunity to benefit in a Truist Bank International
MasterCard ATM COMPENSATION, In order to compensate scam victims all over the World Your Email address is amongst the Email
ID Second batch list to receive the fund compesation of ($8,000.000.000 Eight Million United States Of America Dollar) on this
exercise, the purpose for these funds is to ensure relief to the
global citizens of the world, due to scam victims which is
the reason the National Relief Fund/Central Bank decided to carry out
this exercise of empowerment to humanity globally.

which the MasterCard daily Limit is $5.000.00 USD.(Five Thousand
United States Of America Dollar),be advised that this Card is valid
till on 29th December 2026. Note: that You will be responsible for the
Insurance/Delivery Charges of your Incentive of ($8,000.000.000 Eight
Million United States Of America Dollar) as you already
informed that your ($8,000.000.000 Eight
Million United States Of America Dollar) has already been programmed into the MasterCard
ATM, so be advice that Insurance/Delivery charges are not deductable

To claim your incentive.Please fill out the following personal
information, Your Full Name/Delivery Address and a Valid Phone Number
for your fund Compensation of ($8,000.000.000 Eight
Million United States Of America Dollar) Valued MasterCard to be delivered to you within the next 48 hours as the United States Courier Delivery
Service Delivery company awaiting your details of delivery.All
required information should be forwarded to this alternative Email-

Godwin Emefiele
Central Bank Governor
Publicity Secretary
Central Bank International
All required information should be forwarded to this alternative
Email- (

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