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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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Fraud email example:

From: solucha@terra.com.mx
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 10:23:32 +0100
Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE

Prof. Charles Soludo.
Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

ATTN: HONOURABLE CONTRACTOR,

Sir,

IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT.CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal
Government of Nigeria, your name and company was discovered as next on the
list of the outstanding contractors who have not yet received their payments.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released
to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record
in my file your outstanding contract payment is US$10,700,000.00 (Ten million
seven hundred thousand united states dollars).

Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Scanned copy of int'l passport.

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you
in a certified bank draft or wired to your nominated bank account directly
from Central Bank of Nigeria.

Regards,
Prof. Charles Soludo.
Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)


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