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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: cbn nig <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 08:30:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attn:Amarjit Singh

Attn:Amarjit Singh
I contact you on my capacity as the Governor of central Bank of Nigeria,Professor charles Soludo
It has been brougth to the Notice of my office that You Have Outstanding Business transaction with Nigerians/Africans which has not been paid running into millions of Dollars.

I want to let you know that the President of the federal Republic of Nigeria has approved part payment of this amount to you this measure if part of the Democratic dividends of the present Administration .

So you are therefore requested to contact me immediately for the urgent payment of this amount without delay
Yours Sincerely
Professor Charles Soludo

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