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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: "JAMES B. COMEY. JR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 14:20:10 -0300
Subject: PAYMENT!!


Phone: 508-859-5016



Security Interception of Unsolicited Business Transaction.


I am James B. Comey, Jr, the new FBI director nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the previous director Robert S. Mueller due to internal logical protocols guiding international and local transactions, my tenure represent peace, equity and justice and rule of law shall prevail, my duty is to ensure global maximum security and to protect fundamental human rights.

We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation Agencies here in the United states of America have been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network, that you are presently having a transaction going on with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)in regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly. We have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocols of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any
further delay.

To this effect, we will advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services as well as your correspondence with them at all level. It might also interest you to know that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Mr Godwin Emefiele along with some of his officials, regarding your case and they made us to understand that your payment file has been held in abase for some reasons depending on when you personally come for the claim. They also complained that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the Central Bank office.

We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs Tracy Lewis from the state of OHIO, USA. has already contacted the Central Bank office on your behalf and also presented to them all the necessary documentations evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you for the release of your contract fund valued at about US$8,000,000.00 (Eight million united states dollars).

The Central Bank of Nigeria did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on releasing your fund to the Banking information which was forwarded to them by the above named Lady, so that was the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations to avoid any irregularity. should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office that might be posing to be the Central Bank of Nigeria, we advise that you STOP further contact with them in your best interest and contact the genuine office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN,)
ONLY with the below information accordingly:

Ensure you provide him with the information below for verification call the bank on phone:

Contact Person: Mr Godwin Emefiele (Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria )

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria, Central Business

District,Cadastral Zone, Abuja,

TEL: +2348169371834


FYI: You are hereby warned to stop every communication with any other office, person or persons regard to any of your fund. Once you contact GODWIN EMEFIELE via the above stated info, i assure you that your predicaments are all over. We are watching all activities between you and those impostors and scammers.

Here are the listed information of yourself which you have to forward to the CBN governor on the above stated contact email address.:

Your Full Name:.........

Residential Address:.........

Telephone number:............



You are to contact the genuine office of the Central Bank of Nigeria with the above information and then request that they attend to you payment files for subsequent release of your contract fund to you accordingly. Also be informed that any message that doesn't come from the above official email address and phone numbers, should be disregarded for security reasons. After contacting the Central Bank office call them on phone for more information's, ensure you follow their directives as that will further hasten up the whole processing as regards to the routing of your fund to you as designated. We will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don't have anything to worry about.

All we require from you henceforth is an update to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Should in case you need any more information in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more. Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance while we await your urgent response to this matter.

Yours in service,


James B. Comey
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.

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