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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: "Mr. Franklyn White" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:31:35 +0100

>From Mr. Franklyn White
Chairman Refund Payment Committee
National Assembly Abuja.

Dear Beneficiary,

This letter is written in order to change your Life from today. Please note
that this letter came to you as a result of information received from our
monitoring network regarding so much payments which you sent through Western
Union and Money Gram to Nigeria and some other part of the World without
receiving any payment to your name, further investigation reveals that you
have lost hope towards receiving your payment after being deceived so many

As part of the Nigerian Government's Commitment to excellence, the Committee
members have been appointed by our respected President to pay all
outstanding foreign Debt such as Contract Debt, Inheritance/Next-of-Kin
Debts, Compensation Debts, Lottery Debt e.t.c, and all other Foreigner debt
owed by Nigeria Government, in order to restore good image to international

Your name and E-mail has ben selected amogst those who are entitled to
receive a whoping sum of US$1,500,000.00 ( ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS) for compensation, and which will be remitted to you
via issuance of an ATM VISA CARD.

Now, in other to receive your compensation payment, you are advised to
contact authorized Bank in charge to remit your payment to you via ATM card
at the below address:




PHONE: +234-8035907486.

You are to contact the above bank in respect to your payment, and have the
following information listed below forwarded to them to have it to complete
processing of your card payment.

Your Full Name:
Your Home/Mobile No:
Your Home or Office Address:
Your Age:
Your Occupation:
Marital Status:
Scanned copy of your I.D:

We are deeply sorry for whatsoever plight you might have been through in
trying to get your due payment in the past, and we do hope you make do with
this compensation payment for your past efforts.

Mr. Franklyn White

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