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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: "Dianne Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:19:21 -0700

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mrs. Linda Dianne Johnson, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in North Carollina 28203. My residential address is as follows; 1225 South Caldwell Street, Apt. 456, Charlotte, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over US$28,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to United Kingdom with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Mr. Peter Adams, who is the member of UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, 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 am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of 5,500,000.00 GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS from the UNITED NATIONS. Moreover, Mr. Peter Adams, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments from the United Nations scam victim compensation and I saw your among the beneficiaries in his file and your email address that are yet to recieve their compensation, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people in Nigeria, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr. Peter Adams.

You have to contact him directly on this information below.

Name : Dr. Peter Adams
TelPhone: +44 702 408 0240

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. Make sure you send him your details.

You can also fill your information below:

Full Name:
Phone Number:

The only money I paid after I met Mr. Peter Adams was just for my paper works for my task clearance as a non citizen of England, take note of that Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr. Peter Adams so that he can help you to claim your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Linda Dianne Johnson.

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