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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, Susan Derrick" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:07:42 -0400

I am Mrs, Susan Derrick I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside in District of Colorado 80530.
My residential address is as follows 6145 Needle grass Green, Frederick, Colorado 80530 United States. I am thinking of moving since am wealthy now. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, i had paid over $42,000 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 meet Mr, Vincent Oko , who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer).
As soon as i contacted him, 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 most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds amounting to $550,000,000.00 Moreover, Mr, Vincent Oko, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the scam victims, 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 Mr, Vincent Oko. You have to contact him directly on this information below:
Name :Mr, Vincent Oko
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 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 after I met Mr, Vincent Oko was just $350 for the paper works, take note of that.You are to provide the following information so that they can reconfirm your personal information for them not to make any mistake. Your
Full Name:...................
Your Address:...............
Personal Telephone Number:.................
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Best Regards
Mrs, Susan Derrick

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