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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: "Re: Please Confirm This Information:(CODE :FGN/CBN3124-FILE111-CBN)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:39:26 -0600
Subject: Re: Please Confirm This Information:(CODE :FGN/CBN3124-FILE111-CBN)9


Please confirm this information. Did you ask MR Edmond Stock Beneker from USA to claim your funds Valued at $ 10 million from the central bank of Nigeria? This man was directed to us by Mr.John Adams the diplomat that are suppose to deliver your fund to you Please with matter of urgency get back to me immediately before things will go wrong. Below is the account details of Mr Edmond Beneker Where he want us to transfer your fund into.

Name on account: Edmond Beneker
Address:8233 Rochester Hwy. SC4600 Salem, SC 29676 USA
Acct.# : 1010246561978
Swift Code: pnbpus76

He is trying to pay all the charges about your funds and claim your funds. Please your urgent confirmation is highly needed now before Your fund will be released to him in the next 48 hours,and please if you know that you never instructed him kindly get back to me immediately via my alternative email address:- (

Re-confirm the following immediately for payment approval:

1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int'l passport, driver's license, or any valid ID card.

Please quote this payment codes (CODE :FGN/CBN3124-FILE111-CBN) in all conversation or else you will not be recognized as a beneficiary/contractor with this Government and note any further message without my pictured should be disregarded to avoid any fraudulent hijack of information.

Governor Central Bank of Nigeria.

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