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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. Evans Stella" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 21:00:45 -0300

You have to read this to amend your mistakes my friend, for this will be of a great help to redeem you from all difficulties you have been experiencing in regards to your long over due payment,

I am Mrs. Evans Stella from USA Oregon to be preside, I am one of the beneficiaries that are to be compensated by Nigeria Government years ago and they refused to pay me, I hard spent over 90.000.00 US Dollars trying to get my payment and all to no avail,
one faithful morning, I got a e-mail from a fellow citizen advising me to stop dealing with people contacting me and contact a Barrister in Nigeria to receive my fund, which I did by traveling down to Nigeria, and I was directed to meet a payment Barrister whom I explained my problems to, and he explained his part to me too, he said that who’s ever contacting us through emails for any kind of payment such as CBN, UPS, DHL, ATM, UBA BANK, FIRST BANK and Casher Check E.T.C are all FAKE,

He then took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment, and I received my long payment of $10.3million, Moreover the payment Barrister, showed me the full information's of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email Address as one of the beneficiaries, which made me emailed you, be advice that those people contacting and extracting money from you are nothing but fraudsters, they are only making money out of us, and if you don't stop now then be prepare to be permanent in debt, contact the payment Barrister to claim your fund with out any further delay, his E-mail.... ( I only paid to receive my fund $480 for the obtaining of my permit fund Certificate. I am very happy now and I wish you same.

Yours Truthfully
Mrs. Evans Stella

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