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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: "charlesobi2008" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 23:10:31 -0600

Telex Department
Central Bank of Nigeria


After a joint meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Senate Committee on Foreign Debts Reconciliation and the Presidential Payment and Implementation Panel on Contract / inheritance funds under Category ø„?which was addressed and headed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, it became i mperative to contact you on the subject matter. This meeting was initiated as part of the recent image laundering scheme of the federal government of Nigeria.
During the meeting, so many negative reports were tabled on behalf of our numerous contractors and foreign personels on how unfairly they have been treated and extorted by some corrupt officials who were vested with the authority to pay them their entitlements. The most annoying and irritating aspect ofit all is that they could not effect payment to these foreign beneficiaries after subjecting them to so much stress and trauma.

To this regards, this office has been given the SOLE authority by the
President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria to handle and release all contract/inheritance funds and you are therefore advised NOT to contact ANY OTHER OFFICE to avoid further complications in your payment file. This information was published in one of the national dailies in Nigeria on the 10th of March, 2006. I will send you a copy of the newspaper publication as soon as you confirm reciept of this email. Every arrangement for the remittance of your overdue funds payment of US$22m has been conluded and the funds will be released within 48 banking hours of your response. All documentation to this effect is in place and we have already prepared your key tested telex (KTT) for your transferto your bank account. In your file, we noticed that your designated bank account cordinates to be as follows and we want you to reconfirm this information first before remittance. The bank account is as follows:

ACC. # 240-384-287-601
ABA # 101200329.

You are advised to reconfirm as well your transaction/contract reference numbers, your private phone & fax numbers for scr utiny and verification before effecting payment. This is to ensure that you are the actual beneficiary of the funds as we do NOT want to pay the wrong person.

You are to contact this OFFICE as soon as you receive this message on via for immediate remittance of your funds. I apologise on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the delay in your payment, and promise you that it will never repeat itself again as weare into our new government.

Best regards,

Mr Charles Obi
Financial Adviser To The President
On Foreign Contract Payment.

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