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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:

Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:45:28 +0200

Good day,

I am Comm.Larry Davis, a US citizen, Am 59 years old. 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 United States trying
to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but
all to no avail. So I decided to travel to Nigeria with all
my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF
Director to contact the re conciliator ATTORNEY NICK RAMSEY
who is an attorney, A British citizen and a member of the
currently working with IMF in Nigeria and I contacted
him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is
contacting us through emails are fake. ATTORNEY NICK RAMSEY personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance
or Lottery payment.

Right now I have received my compensation funds of
$1,500,000.00 Moreover, ATTORNEY NICK RAMSEY showed me
the full information of those that are yet to receive their
Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw your name as one of
the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I
decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they
are not with your fund, they are only making money out of

I will personally advise you to contact ATTORNEY NICK RAMSEY, he will assist you to get your funds as he is a very religious man
with the fear of God.


Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the
non release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for
your kind perusal.

1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr
2) Robert S. Mueller, III
3) Mr Ban Ki-moon
4) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe
5) Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
6) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)
7) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria
8) Dr Godwin Emefiele
9) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
10) Mr James W.
11) Micheal Edward
12) Miss Donna Gwen
13) Mrs. Sherry Williams
14) Mr Wilson Norman
15) Ms Becky Donald
16) Mrs. Rachael Adams
17) Mr. Wood Gates
18) Mr. Mark Ruben

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are
contacting you and telling you that your funds are with them,
it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking
advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have
nothing. The only money I paid after I met ATTORNEY NICK RAMSEY was just $445 for the Endorsement Fee, take note of
Thank You and Be Blessed.

Comm.Larry Davis
1124 E 114th St, Cleveland,
Ohio, 44108, United States

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