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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 Joan Goforth" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 12:39:45 -0400


Hello Dear,

I am Mrs Joan Goforth, I am a US citizen, 68 years Old. I reside here
in Denton, Texas. My residential address is as follows. 38 Wellington
Oaks Cir, Denton, TX, United States, am thinking of relocating since I
am now Rich and comfortable with my family.

I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Africa many years ago and they
refused to pay me, I had paid over US$74,000 for the past years while
in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. And they always
stopped my funds with one reason or the order.

So I decided to travel with my Son to WASHINGTON D.C with all my
compensation documents, And I was directed by the ( FBI) Director to
contact Mr. Kelvin Williams, who is a representative of the ( FBI )
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
which was paid to me successful y. Right now I am the most happiest
woman on earth because I have finally received my compensation funds
of ( US$15.2Million ) Moreover, Mr. Kelvin Williams, showed me the full
information of those that are yet to receive their compensation funds
and I saw your name as one of the scam victims and one of the
US$15.2Million beneficiaries, that is why I decided to email you to
know if you have received yours, and to advise you to stop dealing
with those people, they are not with your funds, they are only making
money out of you.

I will advise you to contact Mr.Kelvin Williams. You have to contact
him directly on this information below to know if he can help you too.

Name : Mr.Kelvin Williams
Phone: +234-7090847462

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 left.

The only Money I paid after I met Mr.Kelvin Williams was just $390 for
the Ownership Paper Works, Take note of that because that was only
money I paid.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Mr.Kelvin Williams 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 Joan Goforth
38 Wellington Oaks Cir, Denton, TX, United States

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