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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: "The truth about your (+234-80326-722-32" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 06:09:08 -0800
Subject: HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU/The truth about your (+234-80326-722-32

Attn: My Dear,
I am Mrs. FRANCA JANE, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. My residential
address is as follows.5424 Partridge Street  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
19143-4126, United States, I am one of those that took part in the
Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I have
paid over $58,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no
So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed by the ( F B I) Director to contact
Mr.Steven Edwin, who is a representative of the ( F B I ) and a member of
the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, currently in Nigeria.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 $1.5 Million Us Dollars Moreover, Mr. Steven Edwin,
showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their
payments 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 advise you to contact Mr .Steven Edwin.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Name : Mr. Steven Edwin
Telephone Number: +234-80326-722-32
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.
The only money I paid after I met Mr. Steven Edwin was just $390 for the
paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.
Steven Edwin 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.
5424 Pentridge Street
States Of America

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