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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 05:27:42 +0100
Subject: From CBN Foreign Payment Director,

From CBN Foreign Payment DirectorCentral Bank of NigeriaEmail: ( ) CENTRAL BANK/UNITED NATIONS 2007 COMPENSATION Atten:
SAMMED VICTIM/1MILLION BENEFICIARY.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 1 MILLION USD This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United Nations to Central bank Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims $1 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims,get back to as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $1 Million compensations funds. On this faithfull recomendations,I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Abuja,Nigeria,it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by variouse foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today,in other to retain the good image of the country,the president of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators $1 Million USD each,Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria,the payments are to be paid by Central bank Nigeria as corressponding paying bank under fundling assistance by the Union Bank london. According to the number of applicants at hand,84 beneficiaries has been paid ,half of the victims are from the United States,we still have more 20 left to be paid the compensations of $1 Million each.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as one of thier victims of the operations,you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever,the US secret service is already on trace of the criminal. For more vital information,please visit: You can receive your compensations payments via any of the both options you choose,DRAFT PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFERS,I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you at my private email address:( ) Send a copy of your response to official email:
Yours faithfully,Dr. Steve Cage
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