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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: Joan Vanessa Welsh MD <test1@unimerdom.local>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 02:30:23 +0300
Subject: You have an unclaimed compensation

I sincerely apologize for contacting you without due permission or under-going due process. I was left with no choice than to contact you immediately because I consider this information very urgent. You will agree with me that experience is the best teacher as we say.

I have had a lot of bad and hurtful experiences from those fucking internet scammer. I received over 50 mails each day telling me to claim my Inheritance fund worth millions of dollars. I fell to this trap and I lost a lot of money. I am pleased to inform you that I am one of the must happiest woman on earth now because I was contacted by the Federal High Court Officials who directed me to the real organization in charge of my funds. Now I have my funds directly transferred to my bank account. Now you will be surprised how I got to know you. I was with the Federal High Court Official to sign and approve the transfer of my fund to my bank (Bank Of America).

I saw your name and e-mail address among the beneficiaries of this Funds. I felt very sorry for those names and e-mail contacts because I know they might have been scammed by those bastard. I quickly wrote down your email address, this is why I am contacting you today. If you have received any mail asking you to make any form of payment to get your Funds. I advice you to ignore such mail from now and contact the Zenith Compensation House officer in charge of the release of your funds, the only fee you are require to pay is for the proper paper work which cost $420 only. If you can contact him now, he will help you to process your Funds Papers immediately and you will have your funds transferred to your Bank Account within the next 24-48 hours. But you will be required to provide your information to prove that you are the real owner and beneficiary of this Fund. You can contact Barrister Michael Craig (Zenith Compensatin House)

Tel: +234-802-297-1447

My dear friend, I hope I have been able to help and prevent you from falling a victim to those insolent bastards. Please feel very free to get back to me if you need more information on this, I will be willing to help. Bye for now.

Utmost Regards,

Dr. Joan Welsh

Private Email:
MedStar Hospital Center
NW Washington, DC 301

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