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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: "cb" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 12:16:21 +0200

Office of the governor,
Tel: +2347081884869.
Dear Beneficiary,
It was Resolved and Agreed  by the Presidential Committee on contract review & re-conciliation,
that your Over Due contract fund Payment credit Claims approval of $8.5M, would be released on a
special secured method of payment by C.B.N. through direct Atm fund delivery vide correspondence
bank in Europe and America.
You are required to Provide your direct contact address and phone numbers to enable us process a
fund credit claim voucher approvals of  your contract funds within 48hrs.
you are urge to Call the Governor of C.B.N.(Mr. Godwin Emefiele) on his direct Tel:
+2347081884869 for more directives.
Reply to this email:
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Godwin Emefiele,
Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria.
Tel: +2347081884869

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