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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 14:06:34 +0300

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs Jane Stevens. I am a US citizen and i am 48 years Old. I reside
here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows: 108
Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States; am thinking
relocating since I am now rich.

I am one of those that took part in the United Nations Compensation
program in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, i had paid
over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment but all was to no
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents
and I was directed to meet Mr Owen Brown, who is the member of
COMPENSATION PROGRAM COMMITTEE, and i contacted him and He explained
everything to me.
He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He also took me
to the paying bank( Zenith 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 $5,000,000.00 moreover, Mr Owen Brown, showed me the
full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and i saw
your email as one of the beneficiaries who have not yet recived the
payment under CASE FILE 54AC003, and 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 off you.
Therefore, i would advise you to contact Mr Owen Brown for assistance and
inform him that your CASE FILE is 54AC003. Contact him directly via the
information below.

Name : Mr Owen Brown
Phone: +234-808-490-9228
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 with them. They are
only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have
The only money paid after i met Mr Owen Brown was just the bank transfer
charges, which is only normal and legitimate as it is in all banks in the

So please take note of that. Mr Owen Brown shall ensure that you deal
directly with the bank( ZENITH BANk).Once again stop contacting those
people, I will advise you to contact Mr Owen Brown, so that he can help
you in the collection of your transfer payment 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. Jane Stevens

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