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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: "Dr. Sanusi Lamido Aminu" <cbn@paymentoffice.rog>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:29:19 -0100



Good to contact you this day i have just been appointed the new Governor of
the CBN and on assumption in office i have seen your untreated transaction
with my else while predecessor Prof Charles Soludo, i have seen the
records of all your payment made in the past to CBN and also have a
complete files of yours here with me.

This mail is to inform you that i am here to release without any delay your
outstanding contract payment of $10.7million usd as reflected here in my
record to you within 24hrs from when you respond to this mail.

I will want to have a one on one conversation with you so i advise you to
call me as soon as you get this mail so that i can know what actually went
wrong and why you weren't paid along with others. if you want to know more
about my new appointment as the BOSS of CBN please call the Nigerian
government,visit the Google or go to the Nigerian Embassy in your country
or also visit the official website of the CBN for more

Re-confirm to me the followings information to enable the urgent
processing of your payment.

1. Name
2.Phone,fax and cell number.
3.Delivery Address.
4.Age,profession and sex.
5.Copy of ID.

Endeavor to call me as soon as you get this mail on my official number below
in this mail.+234-7087210096

treat as top urgent.


Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Aminu.
Governor CBN
Official Email Address,(

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