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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. Kingsley Moghalu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:30:59 -0500
Subject: Transfer Notice For Your Due Funds (US$10,700,000). CALL ME IMMEDIATELY Tel: 234-7058878478

TELEPHONE: +234-7058878478
Our Ref: CBN/OHG/OXD1/2013
You’re Ref:………….

Transfer Notice For Your Due Funds (US$10,700,000).

Attn: Beneficiary,

I am MDr. Kingsley Moghalu, The Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. I saw a file in your name with all your information from our central computer stating that abandoned fund worth of US$10.7 Millions of Dollars belongs to you, Please; I want to know from you the reason why you abandoned such big fund up till this time without any claim. I wish to officially notify you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Be assured that this transaction is 100% hitch free and my promise is that you will receive your fund within (48) forty-eight hours without any delay. It is quite unfortunate that you have not received your funds till now.

Our records of outstanding contractors due for payment, with the federal government of Nigeria, Your name was discovered as next on the Dr. Kingsley Moghalu The Deputy Governor, central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) Firstly, I plead on behalf of my country and the Central Bank of Nigeria for not contacting you all this while as regards your contract payment, which I know by now, must have cost you some inconveniences, I am promising you on behalf of the Central Bank of Nigeria that this will not repeat itself any more.

I want you to know that your payment is valid and maintained with us here. I have ensured that you receive your fund through bank to bank wire transfer, or Automatic Teller Machine Card (ATM) delivery to your Door step, acceptable and payable to you. I advise you to co-operate with me and listen to my advice as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will not be held responsible for any lapses or must-direction of your fund due to your inability to co-operate with me who am in-charge as the new elected Paymaster General, of the central bank of Nigeria (CBN).

I cannot vividly explain how this payment was generated / occurred to you, but i was informed before I resumed my humble office in this month of October 2013 that a contract with the federal government was executed in your favor by a foreign contractor, who at the point of execution did not receive his payments. Coupled with the fact that the computer departments of the central bank was burnt down some months ago before I resumed this humble office, and all available information's as regards your information's that was dropped by the foreign contractor was missing as well. When we were able to trace burnt files we were only left with your email address which I cannot see clearly. When this payment notification was forwarded to my humble office, I decided to contact you for immediate payment through bank to bank wire transfer, or Automatic Teller Machine Card (ATM) delivery to your Door step.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from the record in my file your outstanding contract payment is $10.7 Million United States Dollars only (Ten million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only). Please re confirm to me if this is in line with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings. Do reconfirm your information to avoid any mistake.

A. personal information.

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Complete Address:
(3) Age:
(4) Country:
(5) Direct Telephone Number:
(6) Mobile Number:
(7) Present Occupation:
(8) Are You a Property Owner?

(B) Banking information.

(1) Receiving bank name:
(2) Bank address:
(3) Bank tel:
(4) Bank fax:
(5) Swift code:
(6) Routing #:
(7) Account #:
(8) Account holder name:
(9) Beneficiary name:
(10) Attach copy of your driver’s license/int'l passport for identification purposes. Direct Telephone Number:

Nothing to worry about all we need is your Prompt Response and Co-operation by God’s Grace we will have a successful transaction. Upon confirmation of the above information, your payment will be released through bank to bank wired transfer into your nominated bank account direct from posting bank, Central Bank of Nigeria or by Automatic Teller Machine Card (ATM). You are therefore advised to reply urgently as soon as you receive this letter. get back to me immediately as soon as you go through this mail.


I am Awaiting to hear from you. Thanks and have a great and wonderful day more ahead.

Best Regards,

TELEPHONE: +234-7058878478

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