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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: From Central Bank of Nigeria <>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:46:58 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re:Re:Re30/04/2010

>From the Desk of: Lamido Sanusi
Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Ref: CB/0977-QYU1                                               

Re: instruction to credit your account with the sum of  US$10,000,000.00

This is to notify you that your over due inheritance funds has been gazetted to be release to your bank account within 48hrs,via key telex transfer (KTT).

Mean while, a man came to my office this morning with a letter of authorization from you, claiming to be your true representative.

Here are his information's:
Bank name: WACHOVIA BANK, New-York.
Account number: 6503809428.

Please,do re-confirm to this office,as a matter of urgency if this man is truly from you so that the federal government or our bank/my office will not beheld responsible for paying into the wrong account.

The reserve bank governor, executive, board of directors and the senate committee for foreign over due Inheritance fund have approved and accredited this reputable bank with the office of the director, international remittance/ Director Foreign Affairs,to handle and transfer of all foreign inheritance funds this first quarter payment schedule of the year 2010.

However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mr. JOHNSON CAMBELL,if we do not hear from you within the next 4 working days from today;this fund will be transferred to the account of JOHNSON CAMBELL.

Meanwhile, you are advice to get back to us immediately to this office with the below details to enable us have your correct details to wire your fund:

1. Your full name:………………………………………..
2. Your telephone numbers:......................
3. Your full home address:......................
4. Bank Name:.......................................
5. Bank account details (were the fund will be transfer into)
6. Account name:..............................................

This fund will be remitted into your bank account within 48hrs as soon as you confirm to us that you did not send the above name to claim your fund on your behalf, make sure that you get back to us with your above requested information unless you are sure that you send Mr Johnson to claim the fund on your behalf.

Best Regards
Lamido Sanusi
Governor Central Bank of Nigeria
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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