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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 <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:59:53 +0100
Subject: Did you Authorize her? Reply immediately.

Attn: Sir/Madam

Did you receive the mail I sent to you? An ATM Visa card, which has
your inheritance payment of $10,500,000.00, is ready.

However Mrs. Cain sent an e-mail to us and claims that you are dead and
she is authorized to claim the Visa card. Please get back to me
immediately so that I may determine the authorized recipient of the
Visa card.

Call me immediately via my telephone line +234-7038828412 so that
i can give you directives on further procedures and also fill out your
below information for claims or call this office for further

Full Name:....

Residential Address:......



Sex (M/F)..............



Please reply urgently to my private e-mail address ( ) or call +234-7038828412

Mal-lam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Governor Central Bank of Nigeria

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