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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" <cbn_gov_charlesoludo@yahoo.com.au>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 20:06:26 -0600
Subject: CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

                            
        CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
       TINUBU SQUARE,VICTORIA ISLAND,
                    LAGOS-NIGERIA

                         [OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR]


 
CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009/, 
Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
A/C#: 32780612669g8

AMOUNT: $15.5 MILLION


Attn: Mike Dloogatch


CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.

Compliments. We are pleased to inform that your payment of 15.5million
is next on the payment list for the year 2005. The Federal Ministry of
Finance has forwarded to Central Bank of Nigeria successful people who have completed their contracts and now due for payment. 

It will interest you to note that your file has been selected as next
on payment list of our numerous outstanding contractors due for payment
with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Your name was discovered as Next on the list of the outstanding Contractors whose contract payments have not been redeemed. 

I also wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will
be released to you through the Foreign Remittance Department of this apex bank as soon as you respond to this letter.

Also note that from the record in my file your outstanding contract
payment is US $15.5 million dollars (fifteen million, five hundred thousand united states dollars).

Please re-confirm to me the followings:

1) Your Full Name.

2) Phone, Fax And Mobile #.

3) Company Name, (if any) Position And Address.

4) Bank Details

5) Profession, Age And Marital Status.

6) Copy Of your Int'l Passport/Driving license


Payment Procedure:

The payment will effect immediately as soon as these information are
Received, your payment will be made to you in a CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT
and A copy will be given to you for you to take to your Bank and confirm it
Or WIRED to your bank account directly from Central Bank of Nigeria
Whichever way you choose to receive
Your payment.

Finally, you are advised to get back to me immediately

Best Regards.

 

PROFESSOR CHARLES C. SOLUDO,
GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)

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