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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 Laura Susan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 21:32:54 -0700

Dear Friend,
I am Mrs  Laura Susan  an Evangelist, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows. 1811 TEAL RUN PLACE DR.FRESNO, TX 77545,
United States. I am one of those that executed Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $15,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment but to all no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet REV. PAULSON WILLIAMS, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I saw 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. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1.5 000.000.00 Moreover, REV. PAULSON WILLIAMS, showed me the full information of
those that are yet to receive their payments which imposters has made it difficult to them and bring bad names to their government and I saw your name as one of the beneficiary, 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 REV. PAULSON WILLIAMS.
You have to contact him direct on this information below.
Office Address: 13, Cole Street, Ikeja Lagos Nigeria.
Following the resolution of the World Bank Organization governing Board,in conjunction with the Nigerian Government in remembrance of Nigerianís 50th Independent celebration on the 1st of October 2010.
The World Bank Organization, having written off the governmentís long debt, has equally taken over the immediate release of your statutory claim of fund into your account below with immediate effect through the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE.
Please contact this office   for the immediate advise with your full claims details in order to  regularize the status -quo in your transaction based on which your held  transfer will be released by the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE
In this regard, you are required as a matter of urgency and as a statutory obligation to stop dealing with those people that is 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 was just $250usd, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact REV. PAULSON 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 Remain Blessed.
Mrs  Laura Susan

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