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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: "Evangelist. Grace Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 17:32:46 +0200
Subject: Good day. My name is Evangelist Grace

Dear Friend,
Good day. My name is Evangelist Grace and I reside in Texas U.S.A and
I already benefited from this.  I am writing you to give you a very
Concrete and sound confidential information that will help you claim
Compensated funds from the United Kingdom Finance & Security House
without stress.
I travelled with my Pastor for a convention programme in the U.K and
that was how I was able to confirm that the U.K Government $ 2.5
Million compensated  due to all effort, sincerity, courage and trust
worthiness  showed at the course of the Uk Online Lotto winning and
other related pending financial transactions was real and % 100 risk
Surprisingly, I have been withdrawing $ 25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand
US Dollars) on daily basis with the $ 2.5 Million worth ATM CARD I was
issued by Mr. Nelson Mark C.E.O, of the finance and security house.
I crossed check the emails and names of other beneficiaries who are
yet to claim their funds worth $ 2.5 Million on the List, and saw your
email address on the list and copied it out to inform you and (1)
others beneficiaries of the $ 2.5 Million still unclaimed with the
Finance and Security House. Since the UK Government has ordered the
funds to be released to you.
I want you to know God is my witness in my testimony to you and once
you are able to contact MR. Nelson Mark of the Security and Finance
House with the information below and adhere to his instruction and
advise, all things will work out properly for your own good too
without delays, I promise you do not have to worry even if you are ask
to pay for the delivery fee since you must receive your $2.5 Million
worth atm card in return. This is 100 percent certain and legit. I can
bet my life on this words I am giving you.
You are very lucky and I advise you to quickly Contact MR. Nelson Mark
who is the C.E.O in charge of finance, to enable you claim your $ 2,
500, 000.00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD) from him without
further delays.
Contact MR. Nelson Mark with the required details listed below.
Contact Mr. Nelson Mark directly with your details as listed above on the email below.
Email Address:
C.E.O, Finance & Security House,
Deposit Firm FSH Towers Chelsea T45H U.K.
My advise to you is for you to put God first in all you are doing and
try to stop contact with any other online transaction you might have
else where if you have been paying much or little money for presently
or previously and have not received anything in return.
I still want to use this opportunity to inform you of showing love to
the less privileged ones around you once you claim your funds. I will
be travelling due to the investment project I and my partner are
having at hand and hope to hear you have received your funds from Mr.
Nelson Mark when I return.
I give you my words on this for am very sure your worries are over.
Good Luck and God bless you.
Best Regards,
Evangelist. Grace Smith.

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