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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: "Foreign Operation Department." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:49:12 -0800
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary, Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/010.

Foreign Operation Department.
Central Bank of Nigeria
Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/010.

Attn: Beneficiary,

I received a transfer instruction from the Governor Central Bank of Nigeria in person of “Mr. Sanusi Lamido” Bond with the President Federal Republic ofNigeria ordered this office to credit Ten Beneficiaries account with full Contract amount which was overdue by the Ex-Governor (Prof. Charles Soludo) and his dubious officials.

Note: out-of ten selected beneficiaries approved for payment, your name and your contact address appeared in our file as the second beneficiary to receiveUS$25,000,000.00 via Telex Wire Transfer.

The first Beneficiary in our payment record (Mr.James Brown)From Uk, has received his fund via Telex Wire Transfer last week. You can call (Mr.James Brown) on +447024035956 for evidence.

Note: that every arrangement of your fund transfer is concluded, consequently you will oblige to pay $850 only for “Telex Transfer Duty”. It is compulsory.

Mr.James Brown as well paid $850 to complete the transfer of his fund.Please provide your existing Banking details for immediate transfer of your fund as recommend below:

Your Full Name………………..
Your Direct Telephone Number………………..
Your Age/ Occupation………………..
Your Bank Name………………..
Bank Account Number………………..
Banking Routing Number or Swift Code………………..
Bank Address………………..
State……City…… Zip…… Code……

Note: upon the receipt of your Banking details as stated above, I will forward our payment instruction to you to send the “Telex Transfer Duty” fee of $850via Western Union Money Transfer to this office.

Finally, if you need more assurance on this payment, don’t hesitate to call me on my direct phone number: +234-7091401115 or call Mr.James Brown for more proof


Best regard,

Dr. Tunde Lemo
Director (Foreign Operation Department)
Central Bank of Nigeria.
Mobile Line +234-7091401115

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