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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: "GARDENIA FARLEY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 01:52:07 -0500

Greeting to you my dear friend,
I am Mrs. Gardenia Farley; I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside Here in California. My residential address is as follows; 6369 Rathke Dr. Riverside California, 92509 USA. I am one of those that executed a Compensation in Nigeria, many years ago and they refused to pay me.
I had paid over $40,000 while in the US trying to get my payment all to No avail. So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents and I was directed to meet Barrister Mr. Robert Bandy who is a member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE and I contacted him of which 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 so i decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with Your funds, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Barrister Robert Bandy immediately.
You have to contact him direct on this information below.
Barrister  Robert Bandy COMPENSATION HOUSE
Name: Mr. Robert Bandy (Barrister)
Phone: +234 90570 45 398
Office Address: 24, Marnbolo Street Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja
You really have to Stop dealing with those people that is contacting you and telling you that Your fund is with them, it is not in any way with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid was just US$790, for the paper work take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Barr. Robert Bandy 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.
Mrs. Gardenia Farley.

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