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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: NIGERIAN DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:48:02 +0800
Subject: Re: Unclaimed Accrued Interest Payment
NIGERIAN DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION (NDIC)
VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS
Thanks for your email response. You have an accrued interest fund approval
in your name as submitted to us from the Internal auditing, emanating from
your aborted fund transfer with the Central Bank of Nigeria years back. I am
surprised to note here that you are in good health and did not know or
authorized Mr. J.S Sawa and his attorney to claim your interest fund.
We have alerted the Nigerian Police Force and the E.F.C.C to ensure that
they leave no stone unturned to get those behind this criminal act arrested.
Although, our attorney is working on your probate certificate which will
enhance the legal filing, processing and documentation of your interest
payment to present you as the beneficiary as we prepare to released the
accrued interest to you in the next 3-Days.
Send to us today your full bank account details so that the Central Bank of
Nigeria can arrange the wire transfer to your nominated account immediately
Mrs. Tina Emodi - Executive Director (Operations).