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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: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 15:51:51 +0800


Good to contact you this day i have just been appointed the new Governor of the
CBN and on assumption in office i have seen your untreated transaction with my
else while predecessor Prof Charles Soludo, i have seen the records of all your
payment made in the past to CBN and also have a complete files of yours here
with me.

This mail is to inform you that i am here to release without any delay your
outstanding contract payment of $10.7 usd as reflected here in my record toyou
within 24hrs from when you respond to this mail.

I will want to have a one on one conversation with you so i advise you to call
me as soon as you get this mail so that i can know what actually went wrong and
why you weren't paid along with others. if you want to know more about my new
appointment as the BOSS of CBN please call the Nigerian government,visit the
google or go to the Nigerian Embassy in your country or also visit the official
website of the CBN for more details.

Re-confirm to me the followings information to enable the urgent processing of
your payment.

1. Name
2.Phone,fax and cell number
3.Delivery Address.
4.Age,profession and sex.
5.Copy of ID.

Endeavor to call me as soon as you get this mail on my official number below in
this mail.

Treat as top urgent.
Dr Lamido Sanusi Aminu.
Governor CBN
official Direct Line: +234-70-27714200

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