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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:

Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:00:10 +0000 (UTC)

 Dearest in Christ&nbsp;

I know that you might be surprise on this mail but never have you had a doubt on this because 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. and also I understand of what you have been passing through,
What I want to tell you is about your fund with the Federal Government of Nigeria, am to let you know that there are a lot forces working against you right from the last CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi and the current Governor, Mr. Goodwin &nbsp;Emefiele and other &nbsp;top officials, I understand that 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 nothing but the gospel truth.
Am here to let you know that there is ways I can assist you to get your fund without you paying any more charges to get your fund, if you can believe me and follow up my instruction to you it is risk ,like I have assisted one woman from Mexico with it, it worked out though her fund was US$5.5 Million .if you will bear with me the only thing you to do is to open another bank account , if you can open it in another bank, it will be nice, but what you have to bear in mind is that you have to retransfer 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 and get back to me as soon as you get this mail, if I make the transfer on this week, it might be next year march that they will find out and by then, you have retransferred the fund into another account

Get back to me as soon as you get this so that I will be in better position to know what to do.
Dr, Mrs. Veronica AmadiKTT Dept CBN.

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