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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: Wayne Douglas <>
Reply-To: Wayne Douglas <>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:00:48 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greeting to you my dear friend

 My dear
My Name is Mr. Wayne Douglas; I am  Australia citizen, 46 years Old. I reside here in Florida . My residential address is as follows. 100 KID ELLIS ROAD Mulberry, FL 33860 USA,I am one of those that executed a Compensation in Republic of Nigeria, many years ago And they refused to pay me; I had paid over $21,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to No avail. So I decided to travel down to Republic of Nigeria .And I was directed to meet Mrs.Jeanette Malcolm, who is the member of  COMMITTEE, and I contacted her and she  explained everything to me. she said many that are contacting us through emails are fake.

She took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest man on earth because I have received my Compensation funds of $2.6 Million Moreover,Mrs.Jeanette Malcolm, showed me the Full information of those that are yet receive their payments and I saw your Name as one of the beneficiary, and your email address, that is why I Decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with Your funds, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mrs.Jeanette Malcolm

You have to contact her direct on this information below.
Name: Mrs.Jeanette Malcolm
Phone:+234 704 647 6667

Office Address: 13, Cole Street,Victory Garden Abuja Nigeria. You really have to stop dealing with those people that is contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not with them, they are only taking Advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid was just $70.usd, for the paper work take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mrs.Jeanette Malcolm so that she can help you to deliver 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.
Mr.Wayne Douglas

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