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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: "Office of the Presidency" <presidency1@mailbox.hu>
Reply-To: hopewell2007@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:32:45 +0100
Subject: YOUR US$6.5 MILLION IN ELECTRONIC ATM CREDIT CARD!


OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY.
NATIONAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

ATTN: DEAR SIR,

WITH REFERENCE TO THE NEW FEDERAL GOVERNMENT POLICY TOWARDS THE
RECONCILIATION AND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF ALL OVERDUE DEBTS OWED BY THE
NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO HER FOREIGN INVESTORS BE OFFICIALLY INFORMED THAT WE
HAVE VERIFIED YOUR CONTRACT FILE AND HAVE CONSEQUENTLY FIND OUT THAT WHY YOU
HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR OVERDUE INHERITANCE PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE
DEALING WITH IMPOSTORS IN VARIOUS COMMERCIAL BANKS IN NIGERIA,THEREBY BEING
FRUSTRATED BY SEVERAL EXTORTION OF ILLEGITIMATE FEES AND CHARGES.

SECONDLY, WE HAVE BEEN DULY INFORMED BY THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE THAT
YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES ARE CONNIVING WITH THESE FAKE BANK OFFICIALS TO
CHANGE YOUR ACCOUNT AND TRANSFER YOUR INHERITANCE FUNDS TO A STRANGE ACCOUNT
IN CANADA.THE NEW BENEFICIARY IS PURPORTED TO BE YOUR COUSIN.

HIS DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW:

MR. ANDREW FRANCIS SVENKESON
ADD: 425 VELDE STREET,
CREVE CEOUR, IL 61610
NATIONALITY: AMERICAN
ZIP: 61610
AGE: 54YRS
MARITAL STATUS: DIVORCED.
PROFESSION: RETIRED REALTOR BROKER.

BANK DETAILS:

SCOTIA BANK
314 HARWOOD AVE. S UNIT
HPO5 AJAX, ONT. L1S 2JI,CANADA.
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 321020072923
ACCOUNT NAME: ANDREW FRANCIS SVENKESON

PLEASE YOU ARE ADVISED TO RECONFIRM TO THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK
OF NIGERIA PROMPTLY, AND CLARIFY TO HIM THAT YOU HAVE AUTHORIZED AND HAVE
GIVEN A POWER OF ATTORNEY TO THE CBN TO TRANSFER THE FUNDS TO THE ABOVE
NOMINATED ACCOUNT.

THE SERIOUSNESS OF CORRUPTION AMONGST THE OFFICIALS OF MOST COMMERCIAL BANKS
IN NIGERIA IS AT ITS CLIMAX, HENCE THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF
NIGERIA, ALHAJI UMARU YARA'DUA (GCFR) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DELEGATED
OFFICIALS OF THE UNITED NATIONS HAS MANDATED THE NIGERIA APEX BANK "CENTRAL
BANK OF NIGERIA" TO PAY A PART PAYMENT OF US$6.5 MILLION IN FAVOR OF FILE#:
CBN/ATM/CBX/021/08, FROM YOUR OVERDUE INHERITANCE CONTRACT FUNDS.

THE CBN WILL SEND YOU A ATM DIGITAL CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR
MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH MAXIMUM WITHDRAWAL
OF $20,000 DAILY. SO IF YOU WILL LIKE TO RECEIVE YOUR FUNDS VIA THIS
CONVENIENT AND SECURED WAY, THEN KINDLY CONTACT THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR (CBN),
FINANCIAL SECTOR FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT.

QUOTE FILE#: CBN/ATM/CBX/021/08 DURING CONTACT.

CONTACT DETAILS:

MR.TUNDE LEMO
DEPUTY GOVERNOR, FINANCIAL SECTOR SURVEILLANCE
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
TEL: +234-803-730-5306
EMAIL: tundelemo_97@hotmail.com

HOWEVER, WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY IN RE-ORGANIZING THESE SYSTEMS, AND
EQUALLY THE INCONVENIENCES THIS DELAY MIGHT HAVE CAUSED YOU AND YOUR COMPANY
IN THE VERY RECENT TIMES. OUR VISION IS TO ENCOURAGE FOREIGN INVESTORS BY
CREATING SUITABLE AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR INVESTMENT WITHIN THE SHORES
OF AFRICA GENERALLY.

MORE IMPORTANTLY,DO COMPLETE AND SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO CONFIRM
AND UPDATE YOUR RECORDS TO ACILITATE YOUR PAYMENT.

1) CONFIRM YOUR FULL NAME.
2) CONFIRM YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS.
3) CONFIRM YOUR PHONE,FAX AND MOBILE PHONE NUMBERS.
4) CONFIRM YOUR PROFESSION, AGE & MARITAL STATUS) CONFIRM NATIONALITY.

(THE ABOVE INFORMATIONS ARE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE CONVINCE) YOU ARE WARNED, IN
YOUR OWN INTEREST; STOP FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY INSTITUTION,OFFICES
OR PERSONS CLAIMING TO HAVE RELEVANCE TO THE PAYMENT OF YOUR OVERDUE FUNDS
OUT-SIDE THE CBN.

NOTE: TO AVOID MISAPPROPRIATION AND IMPERSONATION, YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN A
CODE OF CONDUCT REFERENCE NUMBER: CBN/ATMSCXX0X5X7X5X08. YOU MUST INDICATE
YOUR CODE OF CONDUCT REFERENCE NUMBER: CBN/ATMSCXX0X5X7X5X08 WHEN CONTACTING
THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR, FINANCIAL SECTOR SURVEILLANCE,CBN.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

BEST REGARDS,

SENATOR. JIBRIL AMINU, CHAIRMAN
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

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