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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. Elizabeth Park Fowler" <>
Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 16:23:25 -0500
Subject: Contact The Legal Authourity For The Claim Of Your Funds

I'm Mrs. Elizabeth Park Fowler of Tampa, FL 33629. I'm a US citizen, I'm 51yrs
Old. I'm one of those that took part in the Compensation in West
Africa Nigeria
some years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $25.000.000
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 Barrister Samuel Johnson, who is the member of
COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), 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'm the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my
Compensation funds amounting to $11,000,000.00 Moreover, Barrister Samuel
Johnson, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their
payments And I saw your email as one of the scam victims, 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 Barrister Samuel Johnson

You have to contact him directly on this information below;

Name: Mr. Samuel Johnson (Barrister)
Phone: +234-802-837-7744

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 any way with them, they
are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have

The only money I paid after I meet Mr. Samuel Johnson was just $320 for the
paper works, take note of that and if you know you would be able to pay the
$320usd please don?t bother to contact him because he is a very busy person.

Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Elizabeth Park Fowler (Elizabeth)
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1902 South Wykagyl Street
Tampa, FL USA. 33629
Education: BS, Business Administration

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