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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: "Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:44:29 -0700
Subject: Attention Fund Beneficiary. CODE (ATM-S101) 100,,,

From The Desk Of Dr. Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
Our Ref: FGN/CBN/NIG/09/2012
Web site:

Attention Fund Beneficiary. (ATM-S101)


This is to officially inform you that we have verified your inheritance file and found out the reason why you have not received your payment are because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your inheritance payment.

Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like this have to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific that is the latest instruction from Mr. President, Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) president federal republic of Nigeria and federal ministry of finance.

The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out $10,000,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2012. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM payment. This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum amount allowed to be withdraw is Three thousand dollars per day, so if you wish to receive your payment this way please let us know by writing back and also provide the following information to enable us proceed with the release of your ATM CARD immediately without any kind of delay.

1. Full name:
2. Phone and fax number:
3. Address where you want the ATM CARD to be delivered to (p.o box not acceptable):
4. Your age and current occupation:
5. Your International Passport or driver’s license, for Identification.

Make sure you call on this number :+234 702 529 7937 as soon as soon as you receive this important message for further direction and also update about this payment. Note because of imposters, we hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-S101) so you have to indicate this code when contacting this office by using it as your subject

Note your urgent compliance to this matter will enable this institute to serve you better

We look forward to hear from you for immediate commencement.

Central Bank of Nigeria
Alh Dr.Mallam Lamido Sanusi
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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