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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: "FROM Prof Sanusi Lamido" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:07:02 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,

Prof Sanusi Lamido
Executive Governor (CBN)
Attention Beneficiary,
It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of
$5.5million due to past corrupt Government Officials who almost held the
fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have
taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which
has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the
receipt of your fund. The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by
the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully
passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency
Dr.Good luck E. Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign
debts owed to you and other individuals/contractors and organizations who
have been found not to have receive their Contract/Lottery/Merit
Fund/Inheritance and the likes.
Now your payment will be send to you by ATM card that will be coming
alongside a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per
day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it. Also with
the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your bank account,
because the ATM card will be registered with Inter switch. The ATM card
comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Your
ATM card would be sent to you via FEDEX. Because we have signed a contract
with FEDEX which should expired by 30th of Dceember 2013.
Bear it in mind that many hoodlums has been using my name to contact people
that has funds to claim. I used this opportunity to notify you once more that
any email that has not the security code [Code SSSSCBN] on the subject is false.
Note: Everything that will impede the process of transfer has been taken
care of, to effect the release of your fund valued at $5.5million
provide the following informationís required
from you for the shipping of your ATM card parcel:
Your full Name:.....................
Your Address:......................
Home/Cell Phone:...................
A valid copy of your identity is also needed.
Yours truly,
Prof Sanusi Lamido
Executive Governor (CBN)

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