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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: Richard Phillips <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:33:19 +0000
Subject: compensation

Dear Friend,

Top of the day, I implore that these will locates you in good health. I am writing to know if you have received my previous mail notifying you to contact my secretary for your share of the capital funds, I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting the funds transferred. The funds has been received and transferred to a Swiss Account with the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay Mr. Haman Lawanda who is an international business man who i meant few days ago. With his contributions and directives, the fund has been moved to his account and i have collected my share of the fund from him.

Presently, I am in Meralda Warren-Pitcairn Islands for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that we could not succeed together.(because of lack of funds) or your reasons for not assisting the transaction, I am a honest person as i told you in the past, I am not greedy and i really took you as my own blood and for that i did not forget you. Just for me to show my kind hearted appreciations, I have to compensate you because i know God will reward me as well. Now contact my secretary, I kept a certified ATM card worth of $950,000,00USD for you on her desk as compensation.

Contact Her below:

Name: Ms.Esther Williams

Ask her to arrange to send to you the total $950,000,00 ATM CARD (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) which I kept for you.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary and Send the following information to her

1) Your Full name

2) Address (where your ATM Card will be sent to you)

3) Your Direct Telephone number

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, I have forwarded Instructions to him to release the ATM CARD AND the Pin Code to you the moment you contact her. So feel Free.

With best regards

Mr Richard Phillips

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