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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: hugcontact8 <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 03:39:48 -0700



We believe this notification meets you in a very good present state of
mind and health. We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI)
Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation
Agencies here in the United states of America have recently been
informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you
presently have a transaction going on with the Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN) as regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully
endorsed in your favor accordingly.It might interest you to know that
we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated
on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your
contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of
which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further
delay.Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead
in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be
monitoring all their services with you as well as your correspondence
at all level.

In addendum, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the
Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of
Prof. Mariam Abaha and Mr. Andy Anders on along with some of the top
officials of the Ministry regarding your case and they made us to
understand that your file has been held in abase depending on when you
personally come for the claim. They also told us that the only problem
they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using
this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard
earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the Central
Bank office.We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs.
Joan C. Bailey from OHIO has already contacted them and also presented
to them all the necessary documentations evidencing your claim
purported to have been signed personally by you prior to the release
of your contract fund valued at about US$4,000,000.00 (Four million
united states dollars), but the Central Bank office did the wise thing
by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on
wiring your fund to the Bank informations which was forwarded to them
by the above named Lady so that was the main reason why they contacted
us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

They further informed us that we should warn our dear citizens who
must have been informed of the contract payment which was awarded to
them from the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be very careful prior to
this irregularities so that they don't fall victim to this ugly
circumstance. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody
or office claiming to be from the Central Bankof Nigeria, you are
further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best
interest and then contact immediately the real office of the Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below informations accordingly:

NAME: PROF. Mariam Abaha
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja,
Federal Capital Territory,

Tel:+234 (deleted) 430

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