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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, 23 Oct 2023 03:19:47 -0700
Subject: Attention: Unpaid Beneficiary, From Lt General James Morgan (Rtd) I
await your urgent response.

I am Lt General James Morgan (Rtd), National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just
concluded its seating in Abuja, just released your name amongst
contractors to benefit from the Diplomatic Immunity Payment. This
panel was primarily delegated to investigate manipulated contract
claims, contracts and over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten
deep into the economy of our dear country.

However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract/inheritance profile
is still reflecting in our central computer as an unpaid contractor
while auditing was going on. Your contract/inheritance file was
forwarded to my office by the auditors as unclaimed fund, we wish to
use this medium to inform you that for the time being Federal
Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through bank to
bank transfer due to contractors' numerous petitions to the United
Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract
funds to different accounts.

In this regard we are going to send your contract/inheritance part
payment of 25.7Million USD. To you via our accredited shipping company
and I have secured every needed document to cover the money. Note: The
money is coming on two (2) security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed
with synthetic nylon seals and padded with machines. Please don't have
to worry about anything, as the transaction is 100% risk free. The
boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes
to your house address. All you need to do now is to send to me your
full house address and your identity such as, international passport
or driver's license and your mobile phone and telephone number, The
Diplomatic agent will travel with it. He will call you immediately
when he arrives your country's airport. I hope you understand me.

Please kindly get back to me today also with the requested information
so that we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible.

1) Your full name:
2) Phone, fax and mobile:
3) Company name, position and address:
4) Profession, age and marital status:
5) Copy of lint's passport, driver's license, or any valid ID card:

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes.
What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film
Materials for security reasons. I did not declare money to them
please. If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the
same thing OK.

Kindly Call me on my direct phone Whatsapp:+234-8022 565 551 and I
will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. Kindly
confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me
immediately you receive this message. Please I need an urgent reply
because the boxes are scheduled to live as soon as we hear from you.
Call me on Whatsapp:+234-8022 565 551 me immediately.


Best Regards,

Lt General James Morgan (Rtd)
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Whatsapp Cell:+234-8022 565 551

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