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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: "CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA. (CBN.)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:50:16 -0400
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary / Re Notification/View Your E-mail 26/07/2012

REF: CBN/IRD/CBX/751X109/012

Attention Dear Beneficiary / Re Notification/View Your E-mail 26/07/2012

My Name Is Dr Tunde Lemo, The Deputy Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) . Please confirm this information As Urgent As Possible. Did you Send Dr David Lawrence Wong Kay, from 8655 Cantaloupe Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402 USA to Come And claim your Contract funds Valued at USD 60Million.
Your Funds Which Has Been Long Approved In Your Name By The Federal Goverment Of Nigeria and in Conjunction with The Royal Bank of Scotland, And Was Deposit Here In Central Bank Nigeria (CBN).
This man was directed to My Office 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 because your Funds has being wired to Dr David Lawrence Wong Kay's Royal Bank of Scotland's Account.
Below is the Bank account details of Dr David Lawrence Wong Kay, Where your funds was transferred into.
Name on Account: David Lawrence Wong Kay.

Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland
Address: 8655 Cantaloupe Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402 USA
Acct.#: 378252939020
Account Type: Savings
Account Status: Active
For more information you can log on to the below website with the login information:
Account No: 378252939020
Password: 105123

He has paid all the charges fee of your funds and claim It.

Please your urgent confirmation is highly needed now before Your fund will be released to A Wrong Person Within The next 48 hours an it can still be recalled back as soon as possible, and please if you know that you never instructed him kindly get back to me immediately For Next Action.
Re-confirm the following Informations 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 (FGN/CBN3124-FILE112-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 Identification Or Passport Photograph should be disregarded to avoid any fraudulent hijack of information.
Kindly reply back to me and fillout the form.

Dr Tunde Lemo
The Deputy Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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