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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:

Reply-To: HELEN WAYNE <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:36:05 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Day

Good Day:

I am Dr.Helen Wayne, I am a US citizen, 64 years Old. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel over to Africa with all my
compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Mr.Micheal Burthon, who is a member of Economic and Financial Crime Commission E.F.C.C , and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.

Right now, I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover,Mr.Micheal Burthon, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.I will advise you to contact Mr.Micheal Burthon directly through the below information and send him your FULL NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.

NAME: Mr.Micheal Burthon
Mobile: +2348178630459

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them,
they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr.Micheal Burthon was just
$150 , take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.
Children's Hospital Out-pant Ctr
Columbia, SC 29203

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