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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: "Mr. Tony Ede" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 14:28:45 +0100

Office of the Governor.
Central Bank of Nigeria
Tinubu, square, Lagos- Nigeria.
Our ref: Cbn/Ohg/Oxd1/2011
Your ref:..............................
Payment: file: Cbn/Ben/11.

Attn: Beneficiary,

Payment notification of your funds.

I am Mr. Tony Ede, the secretary to Governor Lamido Sanusi;
the executive governor of the central bank of Nigeria (C.B.N),
the (parent bank of all commercial banks) here in Nigeria.

I was instructed to initiate contact with you by my boss the
executive governor of the central bank of Nigeria (C.B.N) on
an urgent issue, kindly note that your funds were re-called
and re-deposited into the "federal suspense account" of the
CBN last week, because you did not forward you.

My boss the executive governor of the central bank of Nigeria (C.B.N),
was visited in his office by three gentlemen today, really these men
were unexpected by him because their visit was impromptu. He ask them
why they came to see him in person and they said that they came to
collect the inheritance/contract funds bill which rightfully belongs
to you as shown in your file with us, on your behalf and by your authorization.

Note that they actually tendered some vital documents which proved
that you actually sent them for the collection of these funds.
The list of the documents which was tendered to the bank today are:

1. Letter of administration.
2. High court injunction.
3. Order to release.

Due to the nature of his job, he cannot afford to make any mistake in
releasing these funds to anyone except you who is the recognized true
beneficiary to these funds.

My boss asked the men to come back tomorrow so he can verify this fact
from you first.Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this
payment to these foreigners whom came on yourbehalf.

Kindly direct your response to the private email address of my boss,
Gov. Lamido Sanusi, the executive governor of the central bank of
Nigeria CBN, below for quicker deliberation and response from him on
the release of your funds to you.

Please remember to indicate a phone number he can reach you on in your
response. Email: Note that for security reasons you have
been assigned a code/password which is {TT7270CBN},please note that this
code is the reference number for your transfer and it's being disclosed to
you alone, guard this jealously and all your email response should carry
this code as the subject.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Tony Ede.

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