Advance Fees Fraud (419)
The CBN Disclaimer
We receive several emails and other correspondences bordering on Advance Fee Fraud also known as 419 on a daily basis. 419 is a menace to the CBN. Scams are carried out by fraudulent people who plan to defraud gullible respondents.
- often contact you by unsolicited bulk mail, spam email but will eventually start calling by phone as soon as you give them your details
- claim to have a lot of money stashed away in a Nigerian (African) account but there are several other variants - Inheritance, Wills, Next of kin, Contract claims and recently, Lotteries
- often need someone to help them transfer it out of the country with a view to sharing the said sum with them.
- assure you it’s a risk free deal and encourage you to send them your personal details.
- often lead you on by sending falsified paper work to support what they claim. They often include id cards, passports, faxes, memos, approvals, funds release certificates, fake cheques, fake Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) letter of contract award, agreements, fake CBN letter head, fake NNPC and CBN official stamps, etc.
- often use yahoo.com (and other free email providers) e-mail address as a medium of communication.
- often mimic Central Bank of Nigeria domain email accounts and other Financial Institutions to mislead ATM users.
- Some organized scammers often have a fake Central Bank of Nigeria website where they post fake documents to support their claims.
- Their preferred means of transferring money is by Money Gram and Western Union Money Transfer. They will never transfer via secure means like – Swift Code.
- Almost every scam is done with the name of a fake CBN staff or post or position.
* Please confirm all business propositions mailed to you with the Nigerian Embassy in your country or the Director, Legal Services of the CBN.
Click here to see frequently asked questions on 419
Though the CBN maintains a fraud helpdesk in her Legal Services Division, which can be contacted by mailing info @ cenbank.org, (Please remember to remove the spaces from the emails below. Want to know why?) the CBN may not be obliged to respond to any e-mails in the above scenarios.
Head Corporate Affairs
If you suspect you have been contacted by scammers please read this