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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: "Dr.Mrs. Veronica Amadi JP" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:08:42 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION!80


This might come to you as a surprise but what I'm about telling you is nothing but the reality about your fund which has been held for so
long with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Do you know that all the money you have been sending to the officials for one certificate clearance or the other is being used against you?
well this might sound strange but am taking this bold step because of my religious belief as a Christian. The truth is there a lots of
forces working against you right from the last central bank Governor and the current Governor with other top officials of all the
commercial banks in Nigeria,they have been frustrating you by delaying your payment. There is a way I can assist you get your fund without
further delay and avoid unnecessary expenses,it is risky though but one has to take it, I have directed many people through this way,and
they receive their long awaited outstanding payment.

What you have to do is to open a bank account any where you can within your country, it will be nice but you have to bear in mind that you
will re-transfer the fund to another account immediately you confirmed the transfer of the fund from me into your account. I know why I want
it this way. If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail,if the transfer is made into your account this week, it
might be next three months that they will find out and by then, you have re-transferred the fund into another account.

Get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that I will be in a better position to know what to do. Waiting for your immediate reply
to this address ( ).

Yours sister in the lord
Dr.Mrs. Veronica Amadi JP

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