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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "p_soludo37" <p_soludo37@terra.com.mx>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 10:09:10 -0600
Subject: Final Notice About Your Payment.


CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CORPORATE HEAD QUARTERS
TINUBU SQUARE, LAGOS
TEL: 011-234-1-7601692
Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/04
ATTN: VALUABLE CONTRACTTOR/BENEFICIARY,
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT.CONTRACT #:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.
>From the Records of outstanding contractors due for Payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, your Name was attached as the next of kin to one of our late contractor. Your payment has been discovered as next on the list of payment.
So 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 be advised that because of too many contractors that I have to pay at this final quarter of the year, you will only receive the sum of us$10, 000,000, ten Million United States Dollars. So that I will be able to pay other contractors, but my promise is that I will make sure that you receive your balance later.
Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:
1. Your full name.
2. Phone, fax and mobile #.
3. Company name, and address.
4. Profession, age and marital status.
As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your nominated bank account directly from Central Bank of Nigeria. Call me as soon as you receive this letter for further discussion.
Regards,
Prof. Charles Soludo.
Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN).
Tel: 011-234-1-7601692
Private email:p_soludo0012@yahoo.com

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