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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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Fraud email example:

From: "CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:45:48 -0500

Zaria Street,Off Samuel Akintola
Street, Garki 11,Garki-Abuja.



I am Mr.Stanley I.Lawson,The Director of foreign Operations Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN). I decided to contact you because of the prevailed security report reaching my office and the intense nature of policy in Nigeria. This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash delivery, this system will be easier for you and for us. I am going to send your Inheritance part payment of USD$12 Million to you via diplomatic courier service. I have every needed documents to cover up the money.

Note: The money is coming in two (2) security proof boxes,The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon well sealed and padded with machine. I will use my position as the Director foreign of Operations Central Bank Of Nigeria to release this fund to you ON THE PROMISE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS GRANTED, APPROVED AND RELEASED FUND TO OFFSET ALL OVER DUE FOREIGN PAYMENT NOW THAT A NEW GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN USHERED IN,The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address.

All you need to do now is to send to me the following:

1. Your Full Name

2. Your full house address

3. Your identity such as, international passport,
driver's license or national identification card.

4. Your contact cell phone number,

5. Your Occupation.

6. Your Marital Status / Age

The above requested information's is needed by the Diplomat which will be attached with the consignment while traveling. He will call you immediately on arrival in your country's airport. I will let you know when these consignments will be lifted and Note: The diplomat do not know the original content of the boxes. What i declared to them as the content of the boxes is Sensitive Photographic Film Material. I don't let the diplomats know the true content to avoid disappearance or extortion of the intended owner before delivery. In line with the arrangement I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment, which i will dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable you access these consignments as soon as it is delivered to you.

This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoints all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the above requirements to me immediately you receive this message. Please I need your urgent reply because the boxes are scheduled to airlift as soon as I hear from you immediately you receive this message.

Best Regards,

Mr .Stanley I. Lawson
Director of foreign Operations
Central Bank Of Nigeria.

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