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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: "Evangelist Rosemary Anderson." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:55:12 +0700
Subject: $ 2.5 Million USD Compensated to You.

Dear Friend,
Good day. My. Name is Evangelist Rosemary Anderson. I already benefited from this $2.5 Million Compensated Scammed Victim Compensated ATM CARD reward as well. I am writing you to give you a very Concrete and sound confidential information that will help you claim your $ 2, 500, 000 .00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) Compensated funds from the Cyber Crimes Department of The INTERPOL OF LONDON'S Liason office in New York USA.
I was also able to confirm that the U.K Government $ 2.5 Million Compensated to you and other scammed Victims due to all effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness showed at the course of various pending financial transactions Is real and % 100 risk free.
I crossed check the emails and names of other beneficiaries who are yet to claim their compensated funds worth $ 2.5 Million on the Beneficiaries List, and saw your email address on the list and copied it out to inform you and (1) other beneficiary of your $ 2.5 Million still unclaimed with the Interpol Since the Government has ordered the funds to be released to you.
Sincerely, I want you to know God is my witness on my testimony to you and once you are able to contact the Officer in charge of Cyber Crimes Department; Special Agent, Sydney Baroso of INTERPOL assigned by the Government to handle your ATM CARD delivery on the information below and adhere strictly to is instruction and advise, all things must work out properly for your own good as well without delays, fears or stress.
I promise you do not have to worry even if you are ask to pay for the Delivery fee since you must receive your $2.5 Million worth ATM CARD in return. This is 100 percent certain and legit. I can bet my life on this word I am giving you.
Ignore those Fraud stars that contacted you for your own good and Security. You are very lucky and I advise you to quickly Contact the INTERPOL'S Officer in charge, Special Agent. SYDNEY BAROSE to claim your 2,500,000.00 USD: (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD) worth ATM CARD from him without further delays to enable you commences your $5,000 daily withdrawal as I am experiencing daily.
Contact Special Agent, Sydney Baroso with the required details listed
Contact Sydney Baroso with your details as listed above on the email address below.
Contact INTERPOL'S, Special Agent SYDNEY BAROSO on;
Direct Text Line: 1-202-697-8203
US National Central Bureau of Interpol,
Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 6, June 2011.
Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police,
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-
My advice to you is for you to put God first in all you are doing and try to stop contact with any other online transaction you might have elsewhere if you have been paying much or little money presently or Previously and have not received anything in return but disappointments.
I still want to use this opportunity to inform you of showing love to the less privileged ones around you once you claim your funds. I will be traveling due to the church programs I and my Husband is having at hand and hope to hear you have received your funds from INTERPOL's Special Agent, Sydney Boroso when I return.
I give you my words on this for am very sure your worries are over. Good Luck and God bless you.
Best Regards,
Evangelist Rosemary Anderson.

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