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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: "Apex/Central Bank." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 04:41:36 -0700

    Due to the new government policy and restructuring exercise, Apex bank in conjunction with commercial banks has been mandated to release $10.5M part payment without further expenses or upfront payments.
    You are advised to contact the Accountant General Of Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris at E-mail: with your contact details and receiving bank coordinates for onward transfer as follows -
Full Names:
Contact Address(Not P.O.Box):
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Account Name:
Account #:
Routing #:
    Warm regards,
    Mrs. Roseline Aluasa
    Zonal Co-ordinator
    Apex/Central Bank.

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