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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: "REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <info.governorcbngov1@gmail.com >
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 09:53:45 +0100
Subject: FUNDS TRANSFER NOTIFICATION

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
Corporate Head Office
Central Business District,
P.M.B. 0187
Garki, Abuja F.C.T.
Nigeria
Direct Tel: +234 708 644 9077
 
 
Dear Beneficiary,
 
I write you on my capacity as the Governor Central Bank of Nigeria.
 
This is to let you know that I have been directed by the President of Nigeria in collaboration with the
International Monetary Fund under the United Nations to take over the payment of all the Foreign
Beneficiaries that are still owed in Nigeria
 
 
We took over the payment of all Foreign Beneficiaries owed by the Government of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria after our meeting with the President of Nigeria, Secretary of the United Nations
and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund(IMF)
 
I have called for all the files of the Foreign Beneficiaries that have not received their funds and found
out that you are among them and decided to contact you so that I will affect your payment without
delay.
 
Please note that the sum of US$15,000,000.00(Fifteen Million United States Dollars)  is what will be
transferred to you.
 
You are therefore advised to forward the following for the processing and transferring of your funds:
 
 
1. YOUR FULL NAMES:
 
2. ADDRESS:
 
3. TELEPHONE NUMBER:
 
4. YOUR BANK INFORMATION
 
 
You are required to forward the above information to enable me process and transfer your funds to
you in accordance with mandate of immediate payment of all the Foreign Beneficiaries.
 
Be informed that your prompt response is needed because I  want to conclude all payment without
delay.
 
Once I receive the above requirement,I will process your payment and transfer your funds into your
designated bank account without delay.
 
 
I await your prompt response.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
MR GODWIN EMEFIELE
GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
 

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