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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. Laura Susan Fredrick" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <compensation-department1@hotmail.co.kr>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 03:25:27 +0900
Subject: CONTACT MR MAXWELL ADAMS AT THE COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE IMMEDIATELY!!!

I am Mrs Laura Susan Fredrick, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows. 1811 TEAL RUN PLACE DR.FRESNO, TX 77545, United States. I am one of those that executed a Compesation in Nigeria, many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $40,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.
 
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Mr.Maxwell Adams, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me.He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
 
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $800,000.00 Moreover, Mr.Maxwell Adams, showed me the full information of those that are
 
yet receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiary, 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 advise you to contact Mr.Maxwell Adams You have to contact him direct on this information below.
 
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
 
Name Mr.Maxwell Adams
Email: compensation-department1@hotmail.co.kr
Office Address: 13, Cole Street, Ikeja Lagos Nigeria.
Cellphone numbers: +234-816-209-5341
 
You really have to stop dealing with those people that is 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.
The only money I paid was just $255usd,take note of that.
 
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.Maxwell Adams so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
 
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Laura Susan Fredrick

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