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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: "Mrs. Jennifer Reynolds" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <m_reynolds@mail.ua>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:33:45 -0800
Subject: Hello

              Hi !
 
You have to read this to amend your mistakes my dear, I am contacting you because of the information I saw about your fund payment, this will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in regards to your long over due payment due to excessive demand for money from you by the non officials departments.
 
I am Mrs. Jennifer Reynolds  from Atlanta Ga USA. I am one of those that are to be compensated by Nigeria Government many years ago and they refused to pay me, I hard spent over 60.000.00 US Dollars trying to get my payment and all to no avail, not knowing I was dealing with the wrong people.
 
One day, I got an e-mail from a Man called Alexander David from Oregon in USA telling me to stop dealing with people contacting me if any and contact a Barrister in Nigeria to receive my fund which I did by traveling down to Nigeria, I was directed to meet the only elected payment Barrister in the country (Nigeria) which happened to be the same barrister that David told me about and I tabled my problem to him, Be hold he explained everything to me, he said that whoever contacting us through emails for ATM Card, UPS, DHL and Cashier Check E.T.C are Fake.
 
After, he took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment, Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my long due compensation payment of $5.3million, Moreover the payment Barrister, showed me the full informationís of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email Address and your fund amount as one of the beneficiaries, thatís why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those criminals contacting you, honestly they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you, I will advise you to stop any contact with them and contact the payment Barrister to claim your fund with the following E-mail.... ( stephen.attorney@outlook.com ) or via telephone number +2348129204602 before itís too late. The only money I paid to received my fund was $420 for the obtaining of my fund permit Certificate.
 
I am a living testimony Praise God Amen.
 
Yours Truthfully
 
Mrs. Jennifer Reynolds

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