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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: "CCRS Managing Director" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:11:30 +0700
Subject: Scam Compensation:::

Office of the CCRS Managing Director
700 19th St NW Washington, D.C.
DC 20431, USA
Good day: Scam Compensation sum of $3.5 Million dollars approved in your name through World Bank mass assisted project Funds. Note that this compensation involves business investment Failure, Inheritance, Contracts, Lottery, Dating, Diplomatic Payment, E.T.C, the mass assisted fund was approved to settle failed business / Scam Victims.
Please indicate if you have received your compensation funds sum of (US$3.5M). We have tried all our possible means to contact you since your name and email were stated on the manifest list submitted by the world bank external auditors but it failed and we want to know if you are still alive so that we can finalized this transaction once and for all as accordingly.
Be aware that One Mr.Jackson Gary. from Florida with a bank details form (Standard Chartered Bank, Florida Branch) claimed that you instructed him to receive your compensation funds on your behalf as your next Of Kin. who stated that you are dead by cancer of the Lungs, which happens to be false after our Investigation. In this regards, we urge that you stop all further communication with who so ever you have been dealing with to enable us perfect a smoothly and easy ACH wire electronic transfer to your bank account for your disposal.
Re-confirm as follows:
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Full Residential Address:
(3) Country/State:
(4) Direct and Current Phone Numbers:
(5) Passport identification:
(6) Next Of Kin:
(7) Age/Occupation/ sex:
(8) Private Email Address:
Note: The above information is necessary to certify that you are the rightful beneficiary of the said funds. As soon as we confirm this information, our payment Bank (Columbus Bank And Trust Company/USA) will contact you for immediate payment, This is your verification approved compensation Fund Security Code, which is needed in your respond to us immediately in order to proof to us that you are still Alive: (CCRS04):
I await your reply upon the confirmation of the above information, you can as well call or text me via this Number +19046851480 immediately.
Barr: Dr. Jim Locubs
CCRS Managing director
Tel: +19046851480

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