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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: "PROF SOLUDO CHARLES" <soludocharles16@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: charles.soludoa@sify.com
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 19:32:21 -0600
Subject: FROM: PROF CHARLES SOLUDO

ATTENTION SIR,

THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA ARE IN REVIEW OF YOUR CONTRACT FUND PART PAYMENT
OF $22.5M, WHICH HAVE BEEN OVER DUE FOR PAYMENT. IT IS WELL NOTED TO CBN
THAT THIS FUND WAS RETRIVE FROM OFFSHORE BANK AFTER THE MEETING WE HELD WITH
PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO GCFR, OVER
THE DELAY TO PAY RIGHTFUL CONTRACTORS THERE FUND. NOW THE CBN HAVE UP HOLD
ALL CONTRACT FUND AND RETRIVE TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL PAYMENT TO ALL BONUFY
CONTRACTORS.

YOUR NAME IS AMONG 5 CONTRACTORS TO BE ISSUE 3 CERTIFY BANK
DRAFT FOR PAYMENT OF [$22.5M] CONTRACT FUND. WE ALSO WARN ALL CONTRACTORS
WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVE IN DEALING WITH FRAUDSTERS, OR RELATED OFFICES IN
RESPECT TO RECEIVE THERE FUND WHICH LEAD TO SCAMMING THERE MONEY.

THERE ARE NO DIPLOMATIC PAYMENT OF FUND OR WIRE TRANSFER NOW, AS APPROVED BY
THE PRESIDENT TO STOP SCAM, ALL PAYMENT SHALL BE TRANSFER DIRECTLY TO YOU BY
CERTIFY BANK DRAFT. IF YOU ARE INVOLVE IN SUCH ACT YOU ARE ADVISED TO
IMMEDIATE DESSIST FROM THOSE PEOPLE.

YOUR FUND HAVE BEEN REVIEW FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT, THIS FUND HAVE BEEN
APPROVED BUT DUE TO MISCONDUCT AND UNABLE TO CONTACT THE RIGHTFUL OFFICE,
YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THE FUND. NOW YOUR FUND WILL BE TRANSFER TO YOU BY
CERTIFY BANK DRAFTDIRECTLY FROM CBN, YOU ARE HEREBY ADVICE TO RECONFIRM YOUR
CONTACT ADDRESS INFORMATION TO AVOID WRONG SENDING OF THIS DRAFT.

IMMEDIATE CALL AND CONTACT DIRECTLY THE GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK OF
NIGERIA.PROF.CHARLESOLUDO,ON TELL:+234-803537499776;Email:
(charles.soludoa@sify.com) FOR IMMEDIATE DIRECTIVE ON RECEIVING THIS DRAFT
THIS WILL ENABLE US TO ACERTAIN AND VERIFY A BONUFY CONTRACTOR. THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA HAVE PUT A NEW LAW TO STOP FRAUDULENT MALPRACTICES.

THIS IS NEEDED URGENTLY FOR THIS IS TO CLEAR ALL PAYMENT NOW WHICH CAN ONLY
LAST FOR 7 DAYS FROM THE DAY OF NOTICE.

REGARDS,
PROF.CHARLES SOLUDO
GOVERNOR CBN



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