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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 Abigail Woodward<>
Date: 01 Jun 2018 13:39:08 +0200

Good day,

I am Mrs Abigail Woodward, a US citizen, Am 42 years old. I am
one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds
and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery
organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid
different fees while in the United States trying to get my funds
from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I
decided to travel to West Africa (Nigeria) with all my
compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to
contact one Rev Patrick Fisher who is the head department officer
of the Compensation Award Office, Rev. Patrick Fisher his British
citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION
AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF and I contacted him
and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting
us through emails are fake. Rev. Patrick Fisher personally
directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.

Right now I have received my compensation funds of $2,800,000.00
Moreover, Rev. Patrick Fisher is a very religious man with the
fear of God. He showed me the full information of those that are
yet to receive their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw
your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address,
that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those
people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money
out of you.

I will personally advise you to contact Rev. Patrick Fisher with
SEX, he will assist you once he get the listed information you
are to provide.

Compensation Award Office.

Name: Rev. Patrick Fisher
Email Address:

Listed below are the names of mafias and banks behind the non
release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind

1) Prof. Charles soludo
2) Senator David Mark
2) Micheal Edward
3) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Sanusi Lamido
4) Dr. R. Rasheed
5) Mr. David Koffi
6) Barrister Awele Ugorji
7) Mr. Roland Ngwa
8) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
9) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
10) Dr. Patrick Aziza Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
11) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor - Financial Sector
Surveillance/Board Member
12) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia Deputy Governor - Corporate Services /
Board Members
13) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
14) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
15) Barr Jacob Onyema
16) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.
17) Mr. John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.
18) Foreign fund diplomatic courier
19) Rev. Steven Jones
20) Mr. Alfred Johnson
21) Mrs. Sherry Williams
22) Mr. Scott Larry
23) Barr Alex Jackson

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are
contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is
not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you
and they will dry you up until you have nothing. NOTE: The only
money I paid after I met Rev. Patrick Fisher was just $425 USD
for the Endorsement and clearance fee, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs Abigail Woodward,
13, Fairview Avenue, Somerville, New Jersey 08876, united states.

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