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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: "charles soludo" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 09:56:46 +0000
Subject: Attention: Very Urgent?

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary,

Immediate Contract Payment.
Contract #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009,
Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
A/C#: 329606=101244=169=6787

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the federal
government of Nigeria, your name and family was discovered as next on the
list of the outstanding Beneficiaries of dead contractors who lost their
lives in a motor accident along Niger delta road Asaba, delta state. You’re
the rightful beneficiary of one of the family since there is no other person
to have this fund since 1999.

In line with the new policy of the federal government of Nigeria, and the
passing of a new law by the national assembly establishing the Foreign
Contract Payment Supervision Council (FCPSC). This foreign office based here
and outside the shores of this country is to facilitate the easy payment of
our debt to our foreign beneficiary contractors. 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 {USD25.7 million dollars (Twenty five
million seven hundred thousand united states dollars). Please re-confirm to
me if this is inline with what you have in your record and also 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) Copy Of Int'l Passport.

As soon as this information’s are received, your payment will be made to you
in a certified bank draft or wired to your bank account directly from
central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to take to
your bank and confirm it.
You must get back to me on my direct emails{}or
as soon as you receive this letter for a serious discussion with me.

Prof Charles Soludo.
Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.

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