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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. TANNER WILLIAMS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22.01.53 +0200

Counter-terrorism and Cyber Crime Division
Foreign Payment Department

Dear Subscriber,

This is in regards of your overdue funds which has been pending on delivery due to the involvement of bad officials both governmental and non governmental. Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance.

The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, British Interpol and the American Truth and Reconciliation Commission gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) on how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us.

In conclusion of the annual audit planned and documented activity performed by the World Bank and Swiss Reconciliation Committee, It might interest you to know that we have received a mandate and instruction to remit your unclaimed overdue funds of $3.5,000,000.00(Three Million And Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances and events.

Your funds has been loaded and fragmented into an ATM Card which will be posted to you once you reconfirm the following information's below,

Full Names/Age/Sex:
Contact Mobile Number:
Country/Receiver's Address:

All documents that will give legal back up to your FUNDS have been made available for your kind perusal. The only requirement from you is $350 (Three Hundred And fifty Dollars) for the Administrative Endorsement and Governmental Clearance Order on your package.

To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the Compensation Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your FUNDS Release Order on your behalf. Everything else has been taken care of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty.

Contact Barrister David Scott on the following in-formations below,

Barrister David Scott (Compensation Center Director)
Attorney And Fiduciary Agent
American Regional Office
Tel: (202) 769-4982

You are expected to respond to this email within the next 7 working days to avoid closing your payment file and tagging it as unclaimed.

Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your Compensation Funds and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime.


Dir. Reimbursement Committee
United States Department
Washington, D.C. 20535.

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