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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 Thelma Bender <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 01:02:52 -0700

My name is Mrs. Thelma Bender; I am a US citizen, 56 Years Old. My residential address is as follows: 222-02 Jamaica Ave Queens Village United States, I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in the USA trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail.I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C USA with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconcilator Mrs. Sarah Bagwell who is also anattorney,A Canadian citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the United States. I contacted her and she explained everything to me.Mrs. Sarah Bagwell personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have now finally received my funds.

You have to contact her directly on this information below:
Contact Person: Mrs Sarah Bagwell
Office Num: (563) 562-7281

Contact her now and send her (1) Your full names, (2) Your contact Address, (3) Your mobile phone numbers, you really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and
telling you that your fund is with them because it is not in any way with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until
you have nothing left with you.

Thank You and God Blessed.

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