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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. HELEN REECE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:24:23 +0700
Subject: RE:CLAIM

Hello fellow Member,
I'm Mrs. Helen Reece, I am a UK citizen, 53 years Old. I reside here in London United Kingdom.My residential address is as follows, 43 Stephen Road, Bexleyheath DA7 6EF United Kingdom,am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the compensation in African many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $80,000 while in the UK,trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to Accra with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director to contact Mr. Peter Williams, who is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a certified member of the Global Compensation Award Committee,currently sitting in the Accra Ghana,however I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever that is contacting us through emails are fake.
He then took me to the accredited 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 fund of $2.8 million us dollars.Moreover Mr. Peter Williams showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email as one of the beneficiaries on the list he showed me, 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 you.
I will advise you to contact Chief Legislative Officer of Fraud Victims Assessment Commission (FVAC) Ghana,Accra District, in the person of Mr. Peter Williams.I would like you to re-confirm the following information to him;Your full name, address and phone number.This is to ensure that he is dealing with the right person due to the high level of mistaken identities over the internet. Please do not hesitate in responding to this email to enable him proceed promptly with the release of your compensation funds to you at the earliet.
You have to contact him directly with the information below.
Office of Legislative Counsel on Global Compensation.
Name : Mr. Peter Williams ESQ.
       Chief Legislative Officer (CLO)
Cell Phone: +233554940442
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund 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. The only money I paid after I met Peter Williams was just $350 USD for Special Accessment Fee including all relevant paper works,please take note of that! after the payment they would give you option of payment and i would love you chose a delivery of a master debit card.
Once again stop contacting those people,I will advise you to contact Mr. Peter Williams 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. Helen Reece
43 Stephen Road, Bexleyheath DA7 6EF
United Kingdom

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