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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: "Hon.Barrister Marcel Eze" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 01:37:22 -0700
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION OF ($3,000.000.00)

Dear Friend.

Compliments of the day with your entire family,I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from London Presently i am in London for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.Meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary,his name is Blessing Orlando, through his Email Address ( ) Phone Number +22999080551 ask him to send you the total sum of ($3,000.000.00) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts in attempts to assist me in this matter.I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Blessing Orlando and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately when you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferings that time,in the moment I am very busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand, finally remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that $3 Million United State Dollars, so feel free to get in touch with him at above email address and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

Best regards,
Hon.Barrister Marcel Eze.

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