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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Central Bank OF Nigeria <centralbank.@silver.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Central Bank OF Nigeria <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2018 11:46:53 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Immediate Release Of Your Funds Worth US$10 Million.
Central Bank of Nigeria,
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way
Central Business District,
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,
This Email is intended for the recipient only and may contain privileged and Confidential information. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately. Please do not disclose the contents to anyone or copy it to outside parties. Thanks
Immediate Release Of Your Funds Worth US$10 Million.
I am Godwin Emefiele, the current governor central bank of Nigeria. I am going by series of petition received from International bodies on the way beneficiary's inheritance fund was handled by United Bank for Africa. After extensive close door meeting with Board of Directors and other Stake holders in the Government, Subcommittees of the House Of Assembly and the House of Rep, Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United Nation.
It has been resolved and agreed that your Inheritance Payment Fund will be release through ATM Visa Card or By Diplomatic Cash Delivery, this method of payment is designed by the Government to avert fraud perpetration or stoppage of fund by any agency. This Visa ATM Card would be issued to you upon meeting with the Bank Requirement
The ATM Visa Card would be delivered to you via a Courier Service. In the light of this aforementioned, you are required to provide your information as listed below to avoid any ERROR****
Full contact address:
The above information's would be used in opening an account for the issuance of the Visa Card in your name and all your information will be inserted into the card. Upon completion of the issuance of the VISA CARD, It would be send to the physical Address you will provide above.
I'm waiting for your quick response.
Thank you, and remain bless.
This office is under full obligation to give you a satisfactory service delivery once you have embraced our request with anticipated compliance.
Again, thank you for making use of our bank for your financial services.
Help us to serve you better
Yours in Service.
Current Governor Central Bank OF Nigeria
Phone; +234 9076071819
187 Abuja Tafawa Balewa Way
The Information contained and transmitted by this E-MAIL is proprietary to Central Bank OF Nigeria and/or its Customer and is intended for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential or exempt from a disclosure under applicable law.