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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: "Shamsudeen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:11:30 +0930
Subject: My Direct line

>From the desk of:
Dr Shamsudeen Usman
Deputy Governor, Financial Sector Stability
Central Bank of Nigeria

By the power vested on this office by enabled laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in conjunction with World Bank and International Monetary Order as
contained in article 4 sub section 19(1&2) of 2006 Constitution, this office is empowered to act as intermediaries for countries under the laws of IMF/ World
>From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, your Name and Company was discovered as next on the list
of the Outstanding Contractors who have not received their payments.
You are hereby informed that your payment is being processed and will be released to you on respond to this letter. Also note that, from the record in my
file, your outstanding contract payment has accumulated interest of the long overdue part payment,which brings us to a total of $15.2 Million Dollars Fifteen
Million Two Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars}.

I am glad to inform you that your over due payment from the inheritance/contract you executed in Nigeria is under our custody for onward release to you with
immediate effect. After thorough investigations and verifications, your funds have been found void of contravention of any international monetary laws. We
therefore approve your payment based on the powers assigned to us as the new Governing body of the CBN and the senate resolution panel, senate committee on
appropriation & finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,with instructions that we pay your long expected entitlement without further delays.

Please re-confirm if this is inline with what you have in your record, and you are also required to re-confirm the following details.
{1} full names
{2} mobile, land phone and fax numbers
{3} your complete home address
{4} company address and position.
{5} marital status, profession and age
{6} copy of international passport or a valid driver’s license

You are also required to report back to me within 24 hours with a prove of identification of your person and your country of resident.
Timely updates are required from you as stiff penalty awaits defaulters because we have a 5 working days mandate from the presidency to deliver. Also note
that, your payment will be listed for immediate discharge via our diplomatic agents, straight to you in your country of resident.
You are advised to Call Me on My Direct line on receipt of this Letter for a brief discussion with me +234-8052021614, and you can also email me on
It should be noted that your response to the deputy Governors office, as regard this issue is higly expected.
Kindly respond as such and call my direct phone number immediately on receipt of this notification, to speak with me for more directives. I await your swift
response and thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Congratulations and Best Regards,

Yours in service.
Dr Shamsudeen Usman
Deputy Governor, Financial Sector Stability
Central Bank of Nigeria
Tel: +234-805-202-1614

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