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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 Amira Usman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 03:27:58 -0800
Subject: Please Help Me...

Dear ,
I am Mrs Amira Usman, a computer I.T with central bank of Nigeria. I am 29 years old, just started work with Central Bank Of Nigeria , I came across your file which was marked X and your released disk painted RED. I took time to study it and found out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees and certificates, but the fund has not been released to you. The most annoying thing is that they cannot tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you, instead they let you spend money unnecessarily.
I do not intend to work here all the days of my life, I can release this fund to you if you can certify/assure me of my security, and how I can run away from this Nigeria if I do this, because if I don't run away from this country after i made the transfer to you, I will be seriously in trouble and my life will be in danger. Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian. I would want to visit you in your country to gain
a living and get job to do there. I hope you can assist me to get a job there.
The only thing I will need to release this fund is a special HARD DISK we call it HD 120 GB. I will buy two of it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours. I will clean up the tracer and destroy your file, after which I will run away from Nigeria to meet with you. If you are interested.
Do, get in touch with me immediately, You should send to me your convenient telephone/fax numbers for easy communications and also re confirm your banking details, so that there won't be any mistake to transfer the fund into your nominated bank account.
I am waiting for your responds asap. My Boss is now on his annual leave and i would want us to conclude this transfer before he gets back to the office.
Mrs Amira Usman
Computer I.T

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