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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: "charles charles" <charles29@tulsaemail.com>
Reply-To: charles_brown444@walla.com
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:38:34 +0100
Subject: HONORABLE BENEFICIARY


CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS-NIGERIA
EMAIL: charles_brown444@walla.com

ATTN: HONORABLE BENEFICIARY,

RE: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARS ON YOUR INHERITANCE FILE.THIS IS TO NOTIFY
YOU THAT YOUR OVER DUE INHERITANCE FUNDS HAS BEEN GAZETTE TO BE RELEASED,
VIA KEY TELEX TRANSFER (KTT) DIRECT WIRE TRANSFER TO YOU OR THROUGH OUR
LONDON OFFICE BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN OVER DUE FUND
TRANSFER.MEANWHILE, PAUL R. WEST CAME TO MY OFFICE FEW DAYS AGO WITH A
LETTER, CLAIMING TO BE YOUR TRUE REPRESENTATIVE. HERE ARE HIS INFORMATION'S:

NAME ON THE ACCOUNT: PAUL R. WEST
NAME OF BANK: FIBRE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
ADDRESS OF BANK: 822 COMMERCE AVE, LONGVIEW , WA 98632
ROUTING NUMBER 323380766
ACCOUNT NUMBER 70712328

PLEASE, DO RECONFIRM TO THIS OFFICE, AS A MATTER OF URGENCY IF PAUL R. WEST
IS FROM YOU SO THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR
PAYING INTO THE WRONG ACCOUNT NAME. IF PAUL R. WEST IS NOT YOUR
REPRESENTATIVE YOU ARE REQUESTED TO FILL AND SEND THIS INFORMATION'S FOR
VERIFICATIONS PURPOSES SO THAT YOUR FUND VALID US$4.6M DOLLARS WILL BE
REMITTED INTO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION. THIS FUND IS AS A
RESULT OF INHERITANCE ON YOUR BEHALF.

1. YOUR NAME:
2. YOUR FULL ADDRESS:
3. YOUR TELEPHONE:
4. FAX:
5. AGE:
6. SEX:
7. YOUR OCCUPATION:
8. YOUR VALID ACCOUNT DETAILS (BANK NAME, BANK ADDRESS, ROUTING #, ACCOUNT #
AND ACCOUNT NAME:

AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE THIS, WE WILL COMMENCE WITH ALL NECESSARY PROCEDURES
IN OTHER TO REMIT THIS MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.THE CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR,
EXECUTIVE, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE SENATE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN OVER DUE
INHERITANCE FUND HAVE APPROVED AND ACCREDITED THIS REPUTABLE BANK WITH THE
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE / FOREIGN OPERATIONS, TO
HANDLE AND TRANSFER ALL FOREIGN INHERITANCE FUNDS THIS SECOND QUARTER
PAYMENT OF THE YEAR.

HOWEVER, WE SHALL PROCEED TO ISSUE ALL PAYMENTS DETAILS TO THE SAID PAUL R.
WEST , IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU WITHIN THE NEXT SEVEN WORKING DAYS FROM
TODAY. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THE DELAY IN TRANSFERRING OF THIS
FUND MUST HAVE CAUSED YOU.

REPLY ONLY TO: charles_brown444@walla.com


WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THE DELAY IN TRANSFERRING OF THIS FUND
MUST HAVE CAUSED YOU. YOU MIGHT BE PAID THROUGH ONLINE BANKING WHICH YOU DO
NOT NEED MUCH TO PROVIDE ANY SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO AVIOD DELAYS. GET BACK
TO ME URGENTLY AND I WILL GUILD YOU ACCORDINGLY. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF
YOUR FUNDS.

BEST REGARDS,
PROF CHARLES C SOLUDO,
EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).

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