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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" <csol1209@msn.com>
Reply-To: charles.sol1@o2.pl
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:19:19 +0000
Subject: FROM: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

FROM: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
SUBJECT: FUNDS DELIVERY.

THIS INTERVENTION IS AS A RESULT OF NUMEROUS APPLICATIONS AND ATTEMPTS BY
SOME GROUP OF PEOPLE HERE AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD TO ABUSE THE
INTERGRITY AND REPUTATION OF OUR APEX BANK, THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
HOWEVER, IN ORDER FOR THE BANK TO PROTECT HER IMAGE AND THAT OF THE
MINISTRY OF FINANCE, THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND THE GOVERNOR OF (CBN) HAS
BEEN MANDATED TO INFORM YOU THAT WE ARE IN RECEIPT OF AN APPLICATION FOR
FUND RELEASE/DELIVERY TO YOU.

FURTHERMORE, BE INFORMED THAT COMMERCIAL BANKS IN THIS OUNTRY,INCLUDING
OTHER OFFSHORE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHO CLAIM TO HAVE THE MANDATE OF THE
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA TO TRANSFER FUNDS TO HER BENEFICIARIES ARE NOT
AUTHORISED TO TRANSFER ABOVE TWENTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS
OUT OF THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT DUE CLEARANCE FROM MY OFFICE IN THE CENTRAL BANK
OF NIGERIA. SO IF EVENTUALLY YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH SUCH GROUP OF PEOPLE
YOU BETTER STOP FURTHER COMMUNICATION FOR YOUR OWN INTEREST. ALSO, TO
ACOMPLISH THE ABOVE,I HAVE STARTED UPDATING YOUR FILE/APPLICATION FOR THE
RELEASE/DELIVERY OF YOUR FUND TO YOU WHICH WAS EARNED THROUGH INHERITANCE.
MY OFFICE IS WORKING ON THE INSTRUCTION FROM THE PRESIDENCY, FEDERAL
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL,AND THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR BANKERS FORUM THROUGH MY
OFFICE TO DELIVER THE FUNDS IN CASH DIRECTLY TO YOUR DOORSTEP BY DIPLOMATIC
MEANS. THE MONEY WILL BE CONCEALED IN TWO METAL BOXES AND WILL BE LABELED
AS PERSONAL BELONGINGS SO AS TO OBTAIN FULL DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY COVERAGE TO
ENSURE A HITCH-FREE DELIVERY. THIS ARRANGMENT IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN ORDER
TO BEAT THE ACTIVITIES OF FRAUDSTERS. I SYMPATHISE WITH YOU FOR THE LONG
DELAY IN RECEIVING YOUR MONEY DUE TO YOUR INABILITY TO LOCATE THE PROPER
INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH SERVICES IN THIS COUNTRY.

THE MODE OF OUR OPERATION IS AS FOLLOWS:-

1. YOU ARE TO INFORM THIS OFFICE THE NAME OF YOUR NEAREST INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT TO ENABLE US ENROUTE THE DIPLOMATIC TICKET CORRECTLY AND ALSO MAIL
US THE FIRST AND SECOND PAGES OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR ANY OTHER
IDENTIFICATION AS WE SHALL FORWARD TO YOU THE DIPLOMAT'S PASSPORT TO ENABLE
YOU IDENTIFY HIM ON HIS ARRIVAL.

2. YOUR PRESENCE WILL ALSO BE NEEDED AT THE AIRPORT TO RECEIVE THE DIPLOMAT
ON ARRIVAL SO THAT BOTH OF YOU WILL MOVE STRAIGHT TO YOUR NOMINATED BANK TO
LODGE THE FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. ALSO YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENDORSE
CERTAIN VITAL DOCUMENTS CONFIRMING THE INTACT RECEIPT OF YOUR FUNDS, AS
THIS WILL ENABLE US TO WRITE REPORTS BACK TO THE OFFICES INVOLVED IN PASSING
THE BILL THAT HAS RESULTED IN YOUR BEING PAID. MY OFFICIAL I.D SHALL BE
SENT TO YOU FOR DOUBLE ASSURANCE OFTHE SOURCE OF THIS LETTER.FINALLY, UPON
CONFIRMATION OF YOUR READINESS TO RECEIVE YOUR MONEY, WE SHALL AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE START PROCESSING THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TOWARDS THE SAFE
DELIVERY OF THE CONSIGNMENT TO YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY ON RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL

AWAITING YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE ONLY ON THIS EMAIL ADDRESS :
documentation.dept@paiwastoon.com.af

REGARDS,

PROF. CHARLES C. SOLUDO

THE GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
PRINTING AND MINTING.
DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE UNIT
Email: documentation.dept@paiwastoon.com.af


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