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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 ALICE BRYAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:33:39 -0500

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mrs Alice Bryan, 48 years Old From NewYork United state. I reside there in United state. Am

thinking of relocating to New Zealand, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in

Africa (Benin, Nigeria) many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $60,000 while in

the United state trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel to Europe with all my compensation documents, And I was directed by the (FBI)

Director to contact Agent Kelvin Wallace who his a Private Detective representative of the (FBI) and

a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE in Europe and I contacted him, he explained everything

to me.

he said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.

he took me to the paying bank for the

claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have

received my compensation funds of 15,Million US Dollars, Moreover, Mr.Kelvin Wallace showed me the

full information of those that are yet to receive their payment and I saw your email address as one

of the beneficiaries,that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people that are

contacting you they are not with your fund, they are only making money from you i will advise you to

contact Mr.Kelvin Wallace.

You have to contact him directly on this information below.


Name:Mr Kelvin Wallace

(Private Investigator)

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your

funds is 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.

Mr Kelvin Wallace with the information below so that he can

quickly get your file and work on them for you.

Your Full Name


Phone and Mobile Number:

The only money I paid after I met Mr.Kelvin Wallace was just $400 for the Legal paper works take

note of that.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.Kelvin Wallace

so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be

turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Alice Bryan


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