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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: Central Bank Of Nigeria CBN <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 08:33:50 -0700 (PDT)

Tel/fax : 234 1 892 2981,

From the Desk Of:
Prof. Charles Soludo
Executive Governor (CBN)

ATTN: Honourable Contractor.

Dear Sir,
Immediate ATM Cash Card Payment

Notification This is to officially inform you that we have verified your payment

file and found out that why you have not received your fund is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance

Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like this have to stop if you wishes to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific, that
is the latest instruction from Economic community of west African States (ECOWAS) and Nigerian Government.

This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world,

so if you wish to receive your fund in this way, please let us know by contacting us back and also send the following information as listed below.

1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want the ATM card to be sent ( p.o box not acceptable)
4. Attach copy of your identification

We have been Mandated by the ECOWAS Parliament to issue out $10 million as part payment for this fiscal year 2007. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-811) as your subject so you have to indicate this code when contacting the Manager ATM Card Consultant Payment Centre

Dr. Kelvin E. D.
Manager ATM Card Consultant Payment Centre
Central Bank of Nigeria

Wait for your expedite response.

Yours in service,
Prof. Charles Soludo
Governor CBN

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