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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: "Governor (CBN)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:09:18 -0700
Subject: Your Funds details

Attention: Beneficiary,

It was resolved after the FEC Board meetings this 7th .March.2018,
that your Inheritance/Contract Funds should be released to you on a special
means and method of payment with tag diplomatic payment,

Already your deliveryman has arrived with your cash trunk boxes
value $10.5 million dollars in JFK AIRPORT ,
United States as their transit.
You have 24 hours to call Mr. Eric Powa now with this line +1-718-568-9040 ,

Quickly call to speak to the diplomatic deliveryman in person of Mr. Eric Powa in the United States.
Let him know if you are still interested to get your trunk box delivered
to you today? As he has been waiting to hear from you to enable him get to
your home address without missing his way.

For your information, the deliveryman with your package is not aware of the
content of the boxes for security purpose. Please do not tell him to avoid
running away with your funds. On no account should you let him know about the
content of the consignment to avoid evil intension.

You are advised to send him your full data
as below.

(1) Your Full Name:........
(2) Contact Address:.....
(3) Any form of ID
(4) Phone, Fax and Cell Phone number:......
(5) Age & Sex:.......
(6) Marital Status:.......
(7) OCCUPATION (Profession/Company/Business Name if any):.......
(8) YOUR Next of Kin:........

to verify that you are the right receiver to avoid mistakes.

You are advised not to waste his time at the airport, so that he would not be
stranded in any way because he will return if he finds out that you
are not doing anything to get him over to your house.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna
Deputy Governor,
Financial System Stability
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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