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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:
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "central bank of nigeria" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Mrs. Veronica Amadi JP." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:41:01 +0100
Subject: CONTACT ME FOR YOUR FUND IN CBN [TREAT VERY URGENT-
Hello My Dear,
I remain convinced that you will be surprised by this mail, but this remains the utmost truth.It is against my official duty to release confidential issue like this to you. There is nothing I can do to help you beside this; I am taking this bold step because of my belief as a Christian.
It is worthy to notify you on the position of your fund with the Federal Government of Nigeria, the truth is there a lots of forces working against you right from the last CBN Governor Prof Charles Soludo and the current Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi with other top officials of all the commercial banks here in Nigeria,they have been frustrating you by delaying your payment. There is a way I can assist you get your fund without further delay and avoid unnecessary expenses,it is risky though but one has to take it, I have directed many people through this way,and they receive their long awaited outstanding payment. , If I tell you that they are using all these money you send to them to work against you, you might not believe it. But it is the reality.
The most crucial thing is that you must disregard further communication whatsoever with anybody or group of persons contacting you from central bank of Nigeria(CBN)or any Nigerian government agency in connection with the transfer of your fund which has left you frustrated and bankrupt for long,It is evident that these people are certainly trying to fulfill their selfish interest which will result in you being totally bankrupt in the end and yet not receiving your inheritance. What you have to do is to open a bank account any where, if you can open it around your country, it will be nice, but what you have to bear in mind is that you have to re-transfer the fund to another account immediately you confirmed the transfer from me into your account, I know why I want it this way.
If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail, if the transfer is made into your account this week, it might be next three months that they will find out and by then, you have re-transferred the fund into another account.
Get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that I will be in a better position to know what to do.
Dr. Mrs. Veronica Amadi [JP]
KTT UNIT CBN