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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. Mayer <>
Reply-To: Mrs. Mayer <>
Date: 06 Oct 2020 13:48:00 +0000

Dear Beneficiary,

My name is Mrs. Mayer Adika; I have been watching on your
approved payment for some time now since I started working here
in the bank as a Clerk under the office of the Director on
Foreign Payments, I have worked as the Assistant to the Deputy
Director and was demoted when they found out that I have never
been in support of their shady deals, they wrote petition against
me and I was moved to the Finance Ministry and now I am back to
continue my good work which I believe that only God is the one to
pay me back and not you though in a lower department and

I have gone through your file and have found out that you have
completed all that is required of you to have your payment
released into your account but the greed which exist in the lives
of the Directors of the Foreign Payment, Central Bank of Nigeria
and other approved paying Banks here will not let them do what
they are supposed to do about your payment, it has long been due
and approved for payment but because of the amount involved which
is $10.5Million, the Directors of Foreign Payment with the
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the
former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido
Sanusi, Prof. Charles Soludo, and other Bank Directors will never
let you know what to do to get your funds transferred to your
account because of their personal wants for money.

This is what Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the EFCC Director
introduced to all of them, telling them never to approve your
payment so that they can use it to trade on the International
Market and make 10% of the amount. Check out how much they must
have made with your money since it was first approved for
transfer. This is one secret most of our foreign beneficiaries
are not aware of and they need someone to stand for them to clear
this and make them get their payments within 48 hours. To be
frank with you, if I had contacted you last week, you would have
received this money in your account through KTT wire transfer
because I know their secret which they believe no one else is
aware of.

All you have to do is to work with Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
and they will get this document for you, file in the document
directly to the Office of the President and request for an
immediate transfer by the President and once that is done, the
document will be sent to payee Bank automatically they will
contact you for remittance, and the good thing is that once you
have obtained this document that bank will transfer the fund to
your account within 48hours.

The document we are talking about is called Irrevocable
Presidential Permit (IPP) once you have gotten this document,
they will NEVER have any reason to delay your payment for more
than 48 hours. This document is usually issued by the Association
of Nigeria Lawyers popularly called the Nigerian Bar Association
(NBA), Court of Justice, and the President himself.

Now tell me, if the NBA backs you as their client, the Court of
Justice Approves you as the True Beneficiary and the President
says pay the beneficiary, who is bank Directors to say no and
delay your payment for one extra day? They will never let you
have the Idea of this because they want to keep, the only way you
can get this payment now is to immediately get the Irrevocable
Presidential Permit (IPP) and once you have this document, you
will file it in directly to the office of the President for an
immediate release order.

This is what I was doing for some clients and the Directors found
out and kicked against me. I have no interest in your money, I
have no interest in what they do too but my anger is that they
use and dump us not because we want to share money with them but
because they think we know nothing about their deals.

Please assure me that no one will know about this and it will be
secret until you have received the document and take the bank by
surprise, now I am giving you the contact information of the
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), so that you can contact them and
request for the Irrevocable Presidential Permit Document, Below
are the contact details.

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
Contact person: Barrister Peterson Olakunle Email Address:

Kindly contact the Lawyer with the above information because he
is the only one that can help you out to receive your payment.

Yours Sincerely
Mrs. Mayer Adika.

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