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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: office_14@zipmail.com.br
Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 18:26:54 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Urgent?=

FROM THE DESK OF
Pro.CHARLES SOLUDO
EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR CBN
PLOT 102 LION BIULDING
LAGOS ISLAND, LAGOS-STATE
NIGERIA.

ATTN:
HON. CONTRACTOR

This is to notify you officially that this office after appointment has
been mandated by the Civilian president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
to immediately affect the contract debt owed to you and 21 other international
contractors by the federal government of Nigeria in respect to the supply
of pipeline facilities contract.

We greatly apologize for the delay in having this done, it was delayed due
to the un transparent tenure of the past dispensation, please accept our
plea.

Be advised that Mrs. John will send this email on behalf of the Governor,
you can contact the Governor on his private email above as soon as you receive
this mail because international certified bank draft has been raised on
the amount of your contract debt based on $45,000,000.00 USD is ready.

We would want to hear from you at once over this so as to ascertain the
rightful mailing address to have the bank draft courier to you.

Be informed that this dispensation to stop any further delay on having international
contractors debt paid.

Thanks for your urgent notification on us over this.
Regards.
Prof Soludo
Executive governor (CBN)



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