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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: "Shelly Weiss" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 12:20:49 -0700

REF/PAYMENTS CODE: CF&sc/02354 $2,000,000.00 USD. This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS in Central Bank in conjunction with the WORLD BANK GROUP OF THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA to pay you victims of scam $2,000,000.00 USD (Two Million Dollars).
You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $2,000,000.00 USD compensations funds. Send a copy of your response to official email:
1. Full Name:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Sex:
5. Age:
6. Occupation:
7. Nationality:
SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE: CF&sc/02354 $2,000,000.00 USD. You are advice to forward your contact details to me immediately to enable us proceed and pay your compensation fund to you, such as your name, address, phone numbers, and country of origin.
I am every sorry for your lost and I want you to know that our company as always send a notification letter to all our customers regarding the scam and it pains me that you are one of them but I want you to know that in life if you aspire to acquire the desire you acquire then you fire and it backs fire, dont retire but to acquire the desire you acquire.
I want you to know that God has bland for us, I believe that your time has come and also note that you are to send the sum of 120usd to Las Vegas Nevada .so that your fund can leave to your home address you will sent to us.So be wise because your time has come.Below is the instruction on how you are to send the fee.
Parcel Courier Service Charge: $100.00
Insurance fee: $10.00
Demurrage fee: $10.00
Total: $120.00usd
you are therefore advice to send the above fees $120usd to enable me send your scammed victims payment to you. As soon as I receive the payment fees, the scammed victimĚs payment will be sent to your address under 24hours.
You are to send the money with our agent name below (Shelly Weiss) via
Information for Western Union:
Senders Name: Your name
Senders Address: Your Address
receiver's name is: Shelly Weiss
Receivers Country: Las Vegas Nevada U. S. A
Text Question: In God We trust
Text Answer: Amen
Amount: $120usd
Do send to me the MTCN for easy pick up. and once you make the payment you will get your scam victims payment by tomorrow tracking number will be issued to you to enable you monitor your package till it gets to your door step.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs.Shelly Weiss
Former Director Presidential Library & Museum
International Online Co-ordinator. Copyrightc 2011

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