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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 S.JONES/TEXAS,USA." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 01:56:52 -0800

RE: Private Letter To You/Very Confidential---How you will receive your overdue funds from Nigeria.

Dear Sir.

Iam Mrs. Sylvania Jones, am a US citizen 53 years old and I reside in New Bromsfels,my residential address is,106 Crocket Court Apt 167,New Bromsfel Texas United States, am one of those that executed contract with the Nigerian Government years back and they refused to pay my funds after the completions of the contract by my firm of which i have spend well over US$100,000 while trying to receive my funds without result of which i nearly give up before luck smiled on me recently, I decided to travel to Nigeria with the help of our Embassy in Abuja and Lagos with all my contract/inheritance documents and details and i was directed by our Embassy to an Attorney in charge of contract/inheritance beneficiaries funds in the person of Barrister Festus Keyamo who is the Secretary of the Contract/Inheritance Awarding Committee hence i contacted him and he did explain everything to me, he told me point blank that those people contacting us through the email and telephone are mere frauds
ters and impostors who are only a

Why i have your email ID is because the attorney Barrister Festus Keyamo did showed to me the manifest and list of people like me which you are one of them that have not been paid as well that is why I decided to contact you privately as Christian so that you will urgently have to follow the same process and get your funds paid, am a living witness and i don’t want those black morons to sit on your funds any longer hence this is a sisterly advice as a white like me, please I will advise you stop any dealings with those impostors because i have seen with my eyes and i have believe,only that gentleman will do the magic for you and him alone and mind you you dont need to travel to Nigeria like me, I acted like that because I was so desperate and it worked out, what you have to do is to secretly and privately contact the barrister as i will give you his details, plead with him to help you as he helped me hence you have to make reference of me, he will not charge you any fees at a
ll because he is a good man to th

Name: Barrister Festus Keyamo, SAN.
Email ID:
Private Mobile:234-8058875754.

Use the above details to contact him today so that he will help you as he helped me, you really have to stop dealings with those scam impostors that are contacting you via email and telephone informing you of your funds while they dont know anything about it rather trying to take advantage of you by extorting you of money, I have misplaced the telephone number of barrister Keyamo hence i have only his email id in my box that is why i gave them to you but he will give you if you open up communications with him.

Note and be informed that what i paid through Barrister Festus Keyamo is only the sum of US$470 apart from my flight ticket and personal expenses which covers the cost for NRTC (Non Residence Tax Clearance Fees)is very mandatory that you will pay it and a receipt issued to that effect in my presence, take proper note of that because it is very necessary that you send it through him if you cannot travel to Nigeria as i did because of my desperate conditions.

Let me know when you have secured your funds as i did for a good thank you to me as i guided you.

Thank you and God bless.

Mrs. Sylvanna Jones.
Texas United States.

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