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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: "Mitch Lawrence" <admin>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2016 21:17:59 +0300

United States Investigations Services (USIS)
7799 Leesburg Pike
Suite 1100 North
Falls Church, VA 22043


I am Mitch Lawrence the Vice President, Security and Counterintelligence (CI) for United States Investigations Services (USIS) in alliance with Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) with the head Office in Nigeria. With the help of the United States government and the United Nation, we have been working towards the eradication of Internet fraudsters and scam artists around the globe, western part of Africa to be precise.

However, it has been revealed that there's no fund in your name anywhere in the world, if you have been receiving e-mails from Banks, Compensation Office, Lottery, Inheritance funds e.t.c., you're therefore advise to ignore such e-mails they are impostor/fraudster trying to rip you off your hard earn money and if you're in communication with any person or office claiming that your funds is with them, we also advise you to stop/seize further communication and transaction with such person immediately, they are all liars and thieves. Also you're order to forward such emails to this office to help aid the arrest of this fraudsters and impostors.

We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various part of west Africa countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMERON AND SENEGAL), they are all in the custody of the Nigeria government, also huge amount of money was recovered from the scam artists. In reference to this, meeting was held between the United Nation, United States government and the African Union in Abuja the federal capital of Nigeria and agreement was reached that scam victims will be compensated with the money recovered from those scam artist that are in custody of the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the United States Secret Agent (USSA) in Nigeria.

Note this e-mail is been directed to you because during our investigations, your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody. In reference to this regards, you will be compensated with the sum of US$4,400.000 U.S Dollars (Four Millions Four Hundred Thousand United State Dollars). Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has requested for an evidence proving that you are a victim of a Nigeria scam. In reference to this regards the USIS have appointed a United State base Attorney (Henry J. Laurens) here in the State to advocate on your behalf, provide the requested evidence and process the payment approval for your fund to be release to you.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Attorney consultancy fee has been paid, the only fee you're required to pay to the barrister is US$285.00 only for the processing and pursuer of the evidence.

Kindly verify your details to Barrister Henry J. Laurens to allow him process and effect the payment of your fund to you, also make sure your details and residential address are provided correctly to avoid any atom of mistake and delay during the process.

(1) Your Full Name: ...................
(2) Full Residential Address:.......... (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
(3) Direct Phone Number: ..............
(4) Valid ID Card: ....................

CONTACT PERSON: Barrister Henry J. Laurens

As soon as your details is received, the processing to aid the release of your compensation fund will be facilitated immediately.

Treat as urgent!


Mitch Lawrence
Vice President, Security and Counterintelligence
United States Investigations Services (USIS)

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