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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.Marina Luda" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:53:32 -0300


I am Mrs. Marina Luda, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in Florida USA.
My residential address is as follows, 7008 E Hwy 326 Silver Springs FLorida 34488 United States,
am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. 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 $85,000 while
in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel to Washington with all my compensation documents, And I was directed by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director to contact Barrister Tony Gani, who is a
representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a member of the Compensation Award
Committee, currently in Nigeria and I contacted 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 most
happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $10.5 Million US Dollars
Moreover,Barrister Tony Gani showed me the full information of those that are yet to
receive their payments and I saw your email as one of the beneficiaries, 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 Barrister Tony Gani. Kinldy send your
personal details to him to prove your identification.

Full Name:
Home Address:
Phone Number:

You have to contact him directly on this information below.

Compensation Award House
Name :Barrister Tony Gani

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 Barrister Tony
Gani was just $380 USD for the paper works, take note of that.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Barrister Tony Gani
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 be Blessed.
Mrs. Marina Luda
Springs FLorida,
34488 United States

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