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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: "info.gov.nig@terra.es" <info.gov.nig@terra.es>
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 14:16:37 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: very urgent


CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, TINUBU SQUARE, LAGOS, CONTRACT MEMO. ATTN: BENEFICIARY/NEXT OF KIN, FIRST QUARTER PAYMENT NOTIFICATION ADVICE OF THE YEAR.IN OUR RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA TO RELEASE AND PAY ALL FOREIGN CONTRACT FUNDS TO THEIR BENEFICIARIES, I THE GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA ON THIS DAY ISSUED THE RELEASE OF YOUR FOURTY TWO MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS (USD42,000,000,000.00) CONTRACT PAYMENT TO ALL CONTRACTOR
. THIS IS BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA HAS DIRECTED THAT ALL FOREIGN PAYMENTS AT THIS TIME THAT INVOLVED HUGE SUMS OF MONEY SHOULD BE PAID IMMEDIATELY AS MEASURE TO CHECK TERRORIST ACCOUNT OPERATION AND TO BE ABLE TO MONITOR EVERY PAYMENT. IN LINE WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT, I HAVE THEREFORE SIGNED YOUR PAYMENT VOUCHER.A DRAFT PAYMENT COVERING YOUR (USD42, 000,000,.00) CONTRACT SUM HAS BEEN RAISED IN YOUR FAVOUR TO BE DRAWN FROM CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA OFF SHORE ACCOUNT IN AMERICA AND EUROPE. AS A MATTER OF URGENCY, YOU ARE HEREBY ADVISED TO CONTACT DR. kennedy Raine .INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA FOR THE MAILING OF YOUR DRATF. CONTACT HER VIA EMAIL: treeoflife_heath@yahoo.com SECURITY NO:BECAUSE OF THE INHERENT COMMUNICATION PROBLEM IN NIGERIA ON EMAIL ADDRES AND FORWARD YOUR ADDRESS WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE THE DRATF TO BE SENT TO.AND YOUR TELLEPHONE NUMBERS,ALSO YOU CAN AS WELL ARRANGE FOR A PHYSICAL COLLECTION OF YOUR DRAFT FROM THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA HERE.BE WARNED, YOU SHOULD AVOID AND PREVENT ANY THING THAT CAN CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAY,AS THIS MAY BE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT,HENCE ALL YOUR PAST EFFORTS AND CONTACTS HAVE FAILED YOU. ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
PROF.CHARLES SOLUDO,
EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.





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