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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: "Cenbank.Payment file" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 12:58:59 +0100
Subject: .(Hello Beneficiary)


Office of the Governor.
Central bank of Nigeria
Tinubu, square, Lagos- Nigeria.
Date 2 MAY , 2008.Our ref: Cbn/Ohg/Oxd1/2008,Your ref: ...
Telex:Cenbank.Payment file: Cbn/Victoria/08.


Following the protest of the International Community, With the World Bank
Auditors, IMF and the instruction by the President and Commander in Chief of
the armed forces (Alhaji Umaru Yar'Adua) that all outstanding foreign debts
especially next of kin payment should be released to the beneficiaries forth
with unconditionally.From the records of outstanding debts due for payment
with the Federal government of Nigeria.

I am Mrs.Victoria B.Opara, the National Security Adviser to the Executive
Governor of central bank of Nigeria (C.B.N), the central bank of Nigeria is
the parent bank of all commercial banks here in Nigeria. I was instructed to
initiate contact with you by my boss the executive governor of the central
bank of Nigeria ) on an urgent issue, kindly note that your funds were
re-called and re-deposited into the "federal suspense account" of the C.B.N
last week, because you did not forward your claim as the right beneficiary.

My boss The Executive Governor of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was
visited in his office by three gentlemen today, really these men were
unexpected by him because their visit was impromptu. He had to ask them why
they came to see him in person and they said that they came to collect the
Inheritance/ contract funds Bill Sum of (USD$7,300,000.00) Which rightfully
belongs to you, on your behalf.We do not understand why you sent these men
to come and Collect your Funds on your behalf. If actually you want them to
help you collect your funds, you should have at least informed, My boss The
Executive Governor of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), officially.Note
that they actually tendered some Vital Documents which proved that you
actually sent them for the Collection of these Funds. Honestly, it really
shocked him that you took such a decision without his consent.

Below is list of the Documents which they tendered to this Bank today:

Kindly direct your response to the private email address of my boss, Prof.
Charles Soludo, The Executive Governor of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
below for quicker deliberation and response from him on the Release of your
funds to this three gentlemen immediately.Email:
charleoludo111@live.comContact person :+234-1-7243545 (OR)Fax/Tel
+234-1-723-5830 Urgently to avoid
mistake of transferring your fund out?

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs.Victoria A. Opara (NSA).
National Security Adviser to the Executive Governor (CBN).Sir/Madam:Contact
person:Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo)

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