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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:56:43 +0100

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 $7.3Million  fund with the Federal Government of  Nigeria, there are a lot forces working against you right from the last CBNGovernor  Prof. Charles Soludo and the current governor Lamido Sanusi with other Top officials of all the Commercial Banks here in Nigeria, they have beenfrustrating people by demanding upfront payment from them 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 a reality.
There is a way I can assist you get your fund without without the top bank officials knowing about this, it is risk but one have to take it, I have assisted one womanfrom 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 anotherplace, 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,Please kindly provide the required information below:
1) Full Name:
2) Full Address;
3) Your contact telephone and fax number;
4) Your Age and Profession;
5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification;
6) Your Bank name;
7) Your Bank Address;
8) Account name and Number;
9) ABA/Routing Number;
10) Swift or Sort Code/IBAN;
If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail, if I make the transfer  this week, it might be next three months that they will find outand 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.
Dr Mrs.Veronica Amadi

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