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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 veronica amadi" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 12:41:44 +0000
Subject: Atten: My Good Friend in Christ,

Atten: My Good Friend in Christ,

I know that you might be surprise on this mail, but I am telling you the
truth. I know that it is against my official duty to release confidential
issue like this to an outsider. There is nothing I can do to help you beside
this; I am taking this bold step because of my
belief as a Christian.

What I want to tell you is about your fund with the Federal Government of
Nigeria, there are a lot forces working against you right from the last CBN
Governor Chief Joseph Sanusi and the current Governor Prof Charles
Soludo,they have been frustrating you by demanding upfront payment from you
constantly, If I tell you that they are using all
these money you sent to them to work against you, you might not believe it.
But it is reality.

There is a way I can assist you get your fund without you paying any charges
to get your fund, it is risk but one have to take it, I have assisted one
woman from Mexico with it, it worked out though her fund was US$2.5m. What
you have to do is to open another bank account any where, if you can open it
in another place, it will be nice, but what you have to bear in mind is that
you have to re-transfer the fund to another account immediately you
confirmed it in 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 I
make the transfer on this week, it might be next year January 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 better
position to know what to do.

Mrs. Veronica Amadi

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