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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. David Okon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:57:42 -0700

Central Bank of Nigeria
International Remittance Department
Zaria Street, Off Samuel Akintola Street,
Garki 11, Garki-Abuja

This department was instructed to remit the total Sum of $3,500,000.00 Million, United States Dollars Only on your behalf as your part payment hold by Central Bank of Nigeria.

The funds will be credited in your VISA ATM CARD which will be issued to you from one of the grade (A) commercial bank here called ZENITH INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC immediately as we confirm the following.

(1) The address where you will receive your card.

(2) Your direct telephone numbers so that we can call you and confirm if you did received the
card from the above mentioned bank and access it before with credit you from our escrow account.

Note that we the CBN can`t make any direct transfer to an individual because we are bankers bank and for that reason we go through a grade (A) commercial banks here and will advice you co-operate with the officer incharge of your ATM CARD to avoid delay in this process.

CONTACT MR BEN AKPAN OR MRS CLARA .E. ON THIS EMAIL ADDRESS : ( ) OR CALL THIS PHONE NUMBER FOR MORE DETAILS : ( 234-8109602377 ) for your payment card activation and domicide account opening.

The fund will confirm in your account within two days of credit.


Mr. David Okon
International Remittance Department
Central Bank of Nigeria
Zaria Street, Off Samuel Akintola Street,
Garki 11, Garki-Abuja

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