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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. Jenna Goudreau" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:25:54 +0100

Complement of the season,
I am Mrs. Jenna Goudreau the new Director Foreign Payment Unite. Be
informed that your ATM Card Value $5.8M been your compensation from the
Ecowas office, which is for the support of the Economic Meltdown and World
Bank Assistance Project has now been deposited this morning via Dhl
Express, you are advice to contact Mr. Jerry Bright, the head department
with your Full Information such as follow

Full Names:
Home Address:
State/ City:
Phone number:
Scan Copy of Your 1D

Where they will deliver your parcel to you, your ATM Card fund is been
deposited with the Ownership certificate of your fund. Once you contact
them they will email you before the delivery take place. Note all the
necessary documents has be made and approved you the beneficial of the
fund and that is the reason it been deposited with the Ownership
Certificate so the only fee you are to send them is their delivery fee
which is sum of $98usd. Make sure you have it done today

Contact Person: Mr. Jerry Bright
Tel: +229 99265231
Email :

Yours truly,
Mrs. Jenna Goudreau

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