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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: "Alhaji Suleiman Barau" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <cbndirectorate@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:10:26 -0700
Subject: MY DEAR FRIEND!!!!


>From The Desk Of The Deputy Governor,
Alhaji Suleiman Barau.
Central Bank Of Nigeria.
Tel : +234 813 046 7974
E-Mail: cenbnkplc@live.com

Attention; Honorable Beneficiary

YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION CONTRACT:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/010.

>From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the federal government of Nigeria your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payments.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is U.S $11.6 million dollars (Eleven Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Please re-confirm to me if this is Online with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings:
1) Your Full Name.
2) Next Of Kin.
3) Phone, Fax and Mobile.
4) Company's Name, Position And Address.
5) Profession, Age Marital Status.

As soon as this information's are received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or to be Wired out to you via your Nominated Bank Account of your choice from central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it.

You can call me on my direct number (+234 813 046 7974) forward your full details as soon as you receive this letter for immediate payment, and as well write me back for a serious discussion with me and mail me back via the email address below. All response should be made to the below email address.

Do not fail to reply back to facilitate your Contract Sum to you via any nominated Bank Account of your choice.

Regards.
ALHAJI SULEIMAN BARAU.
DEPUTY GOVERNOR (C.B.N), CORPORATE SERVICES DIRECTORATE.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
Tel : +234 813 046 7974
E-Mail: cenbnkplc@live.com

Central Bank of Nigeria CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:
This transmission may contain confidential information protected by state or federal law. The information is intended only for use consistent with the state business discussed in this transmission. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action based on the contents is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please delete this email and notify the sender immediately. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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