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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:

Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:48:48 -0700
Subject: Treat Urgent


Attn: Beneficiary,

I am ALHAJI SANUSU LAMIDO SANUSI, the Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it's seating in Abuja just released your name amongst contractors to benefit from the Diplomatic Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily delegated to investigate manipulated contract claims contracts and over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our dear country.

However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract profile is still reflecting in our central computer as unpaid Debt while auditing was going on.Your contract file was forwarded to my office by the auditors as unclaimed fund,we wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time being, Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through bank to bank transfer due to our contractors due to numerous petitions to United Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to different account.In this regards, we are going to send your contract part payment of $10M (Ten Million United states Dollars)USD to you via courier service.

Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was brought to us from America, it was meant for our Local AFEM market. But since the money was not used, I will use my position as the Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria to send this fund to you.

The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address. All you need to do now is to send to me the following

1.Your full name.
2.Your full house address,
3.Your mobile telephone number and fax number if any.
4your identity such as, international passport or driver's license

Please you have to make sure that the Telephone number you will provide will always be on and you will always be available to receive the call because the Diplomatic attaches will travel with it. He will call you immediately he arrives in your country's airport. I hope you understand me.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes. i will declaer the content to them as Sensitive Photographic Film Material. I will not declare money to them please. As soon as he arrives your Country and call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok.

I will secure the Diplomatic Immunity Clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment. This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch.

Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are scheduled to leave as soon as we hear from you, and do not fail to call for more expalnations.

Best Regards.

The Executive Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


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