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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: "sikas usman" <sikasusman53@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: sikas_usman@tiscali.it
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 08:32:11 -1000
Subject: CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)


Click here to learn more about our Head Office complex
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
TINUBU SQUARE, VICTORIA ISLAND,
LAGOS-NIGERIA ,
EMAIL,paul_thomson@myway.com

REF: CBN/FG1/2006



Attention: SIR.

please I want to let you know that your name has been appeared in our payment file as the one of beneficiary that will recieve his/her fund and this fund need to wire into your account number immediately . send your banking information in details to enable easy transferred of the money to your account or you can open a fresh account.

I have been appointed by the office of Central Bank to pay all contract/inheritance fund owned by Federal Government Of Nigeria both local and foreign contractors. With this development, your name have been listed with other ten contactors/Inheritance for payments of $11m at this second quarter of the year while outstanding balance will be transfer at the end of the year 2006.

Be informed, that you are expected to provide immediately

1. Name of Bank
2. Bank Account Number where you want us to transfer your fund into
3. Bank swift code or routine number.


As soon as this information is forwarded to me we shall commence process, then transfer your fund through our appointed paying bank by my instruction.

Stop any further contact with any other person, as they are not authorize to see or pay the contract/inheritance fund. reach me on my personal email as soon as you read it . Waiting for your urgent reply.

Mr. RICHARD OFOR
Foreign Remittance Department(Central Bank of Nigeria).



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