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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 Ruth Hartxell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 06:29:39 +0100
Subject: Good Day !!!

Good Day,

I am Mrs. Betty Ruth Hartxell, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. i reside at 6920 Mirador Way Sacramento, California 95828-3317 U.S.A. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation many years ago in Africa. I had paid over $17,000 usd 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 Barrister Tella Stephen, who happens to be a human right activist and also a legal Practitional of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE. I contacted him and he explained to me in details that whosoever is contacting through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation Inheritance payment. And right now i am the most happiest on earth because I received my compensation sum of $1,500,000.00. Moreover, i was showed the full information list of those that are yet to receive their right. fortunately, your e-mail was addressed on that list, Which was the MAIN reason for this message.

Get in touch with Mr Tella Stephen directly on his informations below.

Name : Barrister Tella Stephen
Phone Number.. +234-806 061 7554

NOTE: Whom to contact is Mr. Tella Stephen for clearance paper works and other Documentations, Take note.

Here is my Tracking Number to my package deliverd as for you to confirm.

Name: Mrs. Betty Ruth Hartxell
Tracking Number: 1426073504

i'll advise you to Stop all transactions.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs. Betty Ruth Hartxell

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