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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 Mariam Reuter <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:17:03 +0200
Subject: Hello


How are you today? I Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this email meets you in a perfect condition.

I am using this opportunity to thank you for using the internet and other computer related issues, your email address have been selected amongst others to be a winner of a total sum of money.

Due to logistic reasons and your inconsistance to the order best known to you.right now, I want to inform you that I have successfully cleared the bank draft check fund to someone else account who was capable of assisting me in this great venture that have been over and successfull.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed at the course of this recent days on the internet, we are compensating you to show our gratitude to you with the sum of $500,000 Thousand United State Of America Dollars.

I have authorized Dr Esther Wentworth whom I deposited the money with to send you an international certified bank draft, cashable cheque at your bank or anywhere of your choice.

For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque.

The only money you will send to the representative to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($170.00 USD)Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.

I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

To file for your claim you are to fill out below information and send it to Mr Richard Mugrage The Executive Secretary Via his email contact address.

Claims Requirements:

1. Full Name:.........2.Address:........

3. Nationality:.......4. Age:.......... Date of Birth:.................

5. Occupation:......6........... Phone:........Fax:......7. State of Origin:.........Country:..........

The Executive Secretary:

Contact Person: Richard Mugrage

Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this email to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $170.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

After you have made the payment you are to send the payment informations to the representative immediately so that delivery can take place immediately.

Once again congratulations.

Best regards,

Mrs. Mariam Reuter

Presidential Library & Museum

Former Director International Online

Lottery Co-coordinator. 2016 WORLD COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

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