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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 01:01:01 -0700

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 presiden! t of Nigeria to wade into the matt
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 have taken over full responsibility on all outstanding foreign debts/payments. 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 9 2900062
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 7040700001

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