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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "lamido aminu sanusi" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "www.cenbank.org" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "DR. LAMIDO SANUSI" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 06:00:44 -0500
Subject: CBN APPROVED PAYMENT LETTER.
CBN APPROVED PAYMENT LETTER.
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
to you 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
www.cenbank.org for more details.
Re-confirm to me the followings information to enable the urgent processing of
2.Phone,fax and cell number
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
Treat as top
Dr Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi.
official Direct Line: +234-7027714200