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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: "Mrs. Judith Oronsaye Zenith Bank Plc" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 09:59:54 -0700


I am Mrs. Judith Oronsaye, the director of Audit and Account Unit,
international remittance department of Zenith Bank Nigeria. I am
reaching you in regards to an investment I personally intent to do
through my bank {Nenith Bank Nigeria Plc} with your company
considering your wealth of experience on this particular field.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of Twenty One
Million and Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($21.5million
Dollars) immediately to any designate account under your care/custody.
The fund has been dormant (in-active) for 10 years in our Bank here
(Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc) without any legal beneficiary coming for it,
considering the circumstance that faced the dormant fund without the
next of kin. I wish to let you know that this fund payment $21.5milion
legally and legitimately belong to our deceased customer Mr. Andreas
Schranner (the owner of the account) who died along with his supposed
next of kin in the air crash since 31st July 2000. Ever since that
crash incidence, nobody has come for the recovery of the fund payment
either as a beneficiary or next of kin to the beneficiary.

As a clerical account officer then to late Mr .Andreas Scharnner and
presently the audit and remittance director to zenith bank Nigeria Plc
the bank has assigned me the authority to look for any available next
of kin to late Mr. Andrea Schranner who would come over for the
collection of the deposited fund urgently, otherwise they will
confiscate the funds to the bank treasury. I don't want the fund to go
into our Bank treasury as an abandoned fund; this is the reason why I
am contacting you. I want to front you as the legal next of kin and
appointed beneficiary to the fund payment valued $21.5 million
Dollars, so that my Bank will release the fund to you as the nearest
person to the deceased customer.

I directly and personally have all the necessary back up document and
other necessary papers to support the successful release of the fund
to you without delay provided you agree to work with me and strictly
take my professional advice and official directives to actualise the
fund to your/our custody. ( I intend to invest my share into a full
yacht provisioning service supplying which you are professional on
it). You can freely visit and browse the website below to have a
better understanding of the crash and Mr. Andrea schranner.

Please, I would like you to get back to me if you wish to handle this
transaction with me or delete it if you are not interested. Upon
receipt of your reply, I will provide you with necessary back of
documents and further details to successfully actualise the fund to
your custody without any risk involved. I would guard you with my
professional advice and direct supervision. I have willingly agreed to
share the fund with you in the ratio or 50/50. which is $10million
each. The extra $500,000 has been stipulated for all necessary
expenses which we may incur on the course of process and recovering of
the fund payment deposit into your nominated account custody.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Judith Oronsaye
Zenith Bank Plc

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