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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. Betty Belly." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 00:05:23 -0400
Subject: Stop Contacting Fraudstars

Hello Friend,

I am Mrs. Betty Belly; I am a US citizen, 51 years Old. I reside here in New Brainless Texas. My residential address is as follows. 108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Ghana few years ago and they refused to pay me, I have paid over $17,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Ghana with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Ambassador Donald Teitelbaum, who is the Ambassador of the United State Embassy in Ghana, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake and not real.

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 $2,500,000 Moreover, Ambassador Donald Teitelbaum 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 Ambassador Donald Teitelbaum today. You have to contact him directly on this information below.

Contact My secetray With These info Below

Note, you are to send him your information’s below:

1, Full Name: { ]
2, Address of Residence: { ]
3, country from: { }
4, Telephone Number: { ]
5, Mention me to him as Mrs. Betty Belly.
6, Occupation { }
7, Age: { }

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 Ambassador Donald Teitelbaum was just $681 dollars for the paper works, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Ambassador Donald Teitelbaum so that he can help you to receive your long over due payment 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. Betty Belly.
108 Crockett Court.
Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas,
United States Of America.

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