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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: "Philip Odeh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:14:57 +0100
Subject: Your outstanding payment is now ready.

Central Bank of Nigeria
>From Office of The Director
Key Tested and Telegraphic Wire Transfers(Operations).
Tinubu Square,Lagos-Nigeria.

Re: Payment approval #:FGN/CED/5290/014.

Attention Beneficiary,

The new accountant General of the state(Senior Auditor) has investigated/reviewed the past audit record conducted by the Past Government and discovered that your name is among the beneficiaries that has not received their fund as a result of mixup files in the treasury caused by the sacked unprofessional Government officials.

However,The Federal Government of Nigeria after series of Executive meetings with the Finance Minister,Board directors of Contract award panel and the Federal Executive Council of the Legislative Arm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have unanimously agreed to pay all outstanding Debts with the Federal Government of Nigeria in order to uphold the image of this country in International Community,help stabilize world economic challenges and reduce the effect of depressing/recession in payments.

We sincerely apologize for the delay in your payment and the inconveniences the delay has caused you as we discovered that some Government executives and bank officials have tried in the past to pay you in Cash,through Diplomatic means to your Country but failed to deliver because they were interested in your fund thereby attempted to divert your fund for their personal use and deviated from the procedures of delivery movement which attracted a massive sack on them.The facts are on your record here.

We are very pleased to contact you now for your payment as this Present Government is poised to making sure all outstanding beneficiaries funds are remitted to them through our Electronics Wire Transfer(KTT) as instructed by the Federal Government.

In this regard,you are urgently required to re-confirm to this bank the followings so as to enable us facilitate the process of your payment and make remittances at once.

1) Your full names.......................
2) Your Address..........................
3) Telephone Number......................
4) Your Company name,position and Office addresses........
5) Profession,age and marital status......................
6) Your Receiving Bank/Account details....................
7) Copy of your ID,int'l passport or drivers license.

We shall process your payment statistics and advise you the remittance date as soon as we hear from you.

Thus this wire Transfer department(KTT) of Central Bank of Nigeria under my leadership as the Director shall not be held responsible for Non payment or delays in Remittance due to Beneficiary Negligence.

Therefore we require your urgent attention upon the receipt of this letter,so that we can have a chat over this issue as I advise you on what to do to have your funds remitted to you without any delay or hitch.
Call me immediately on my direct line +234-909-6777-244.

Thanks for your co-operation as I look forward in hearing from you soon.

Dr.Philip Odeh
Director KTT Wire Transfers(Operations).
Central Bank of Nigeria.

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