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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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Fraud email example:

From: "DR. ZETI AKHTAR AZIZ" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 05:54:16 -0500
Subject: Central Bank Of Malaysia

Central Bank Of Malaysia
Jalan Dato' Onn P.O. Box 10922
50929 Kuala Lumpur

Ref: BNM/SGH/231/01

Date: 14th May 2011.


Release/Transfer Notice for your due Funds (US$7,500,000:00).

Payment File No: A.

24Hrs Service

It is very important that the recipient of this Letter should call this office
in other to confirm it to us that this very Letter was received by the true

You are advised to read this Letter very carefully because every
paragraph explains what you need to know about the Release and
Transfer of your due Funds.
At this point, we wish to remind you to stop all further contact with any
person or person(s) whom is not recommended by this bank. Our
Intelligence Monitoring Unit (I.M.U), Code of Conduct Bureau, Legal
Unit and The Royal Malaysian Police Force have already apprehended
some of those suspects whom attempted to divert your Funds.
You are advised to stop all further contact with some scammer you have
been dealing with, that have defrauded you of huge sums because they
are WANTED criminal suspects.

As the Governor Of the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) , I work on behalf of the Paying
Bank, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) under the supervision of the
honourable President of Malaysia

We are glad to announce it to you today that the honourable President of
Malaysia and the Accountant General of the
Federation have collectively Approved and signed the Order to Release
and Transfer being the certified documentation authorizing us (Bank of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to credit your nominated Bank Account..

A copy of the Order to Release and Transfer have been forwarded to our
international remittance department for the onward crediting of your

In other words, we put it to you that we are ready to remit your said Funds
into your choiced Bank Account because we have a 3-4 working days time
constrain to Pay-off each beneficiary short-listed to be Paid by this
Bank. Our Legal Unit have already reviewed your Payment Files and
they have passed it on to my desk for me to Pay you accordingly, so be
rest assured that you will receive your due Funds as soon as possible.
Officially, you will receive your due Funds via an "Electronic Wire
Transfer" which will enable your Funds reflect in your choiced Bank
Account within 48hrs after effect. This mode of Payment is defined as one
of the best and safest mode to remit huge Funds internationally as it is
absolutely different from the usual swift transfer which takes longer time.
Most Banks within the United States of America, Europe and other
developed countries operate with the "Electronic Wire Transfer" for
international transfers because it is a recent innovation in the Banking

Certainly we shall transfer your valued US$7,500,000:00 from the
Sundry/Suspense Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria being
the official Account for international/foreign Payments/debts. A
Sundry/Suspense Account can be defined as a secret Account owned by a
government and operated by certain assigned government officials being
the authorized signatories whom must sign before Funds can be remitted
from such account. For this very account no form of direct withdrawals can
be made from it except a Bank to Bank wire transfer which must be
Approved by the honourable President being the principal signatory to the

Consequent to the fact that I am responsible to Pay you, it is still my duty
to enlighten you on the accurate steps to take in order for you to gain full
possession of this said Funds being Approved in your name.

In the combat against fraud, Funds divertion and Funds delay, we have re
-lenghtly ensured that several foreign beneficiaries have been Paid
accordingly in order to retain and rekindle our country's reputation on the
global map because this recent government dispensation is focused and
targeted to relieve all foreign debts as mandated by The Senate, The
National House of Assembly, The Federal Executive Council (F.E.C),
Code of Conduct Bureau and The Federal Ministry of Finance Malaysia.
Already, alot of foreign beneficiaries have been Paid by this Ministry so
yours will not be an exception considering the fact that the honourable
President have Approved your due Funds today dated 14th May 2011.

In accordance to section (1) paragraph 9 of the Settlement Edict Law of
Malaysia Government of 1992, it is imperative that you provide
us with the below listed information so that we can Pay you.

1. Full Name:
2.Bank Name and Address.
3. Bank Account Number.
4.Routing Number/Swift Code (very important).
5. Your Residential Address.
6.Your mobile or home telephone Number.

A form of identification (I.D Card or Driver's License) is also required
for official references.

The TRUTH is what we stand for. Tel: +601-9398-5205

This Official Letter is being issued to you by "Bank of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)" in collaboration with The Presidency.

Copied to:

The Accountant General of Malaysia.
Bank of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
The President's office.

Yours Sincerely,
Bank of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)
Direct Tel: +601-9398-5205

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