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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: "Mr. Michael J. Burn" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 15:22:18 -0500




We hereby inform you that the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime fighter leaders have come together to stop scam/Internet fraud in Nigeria and all round Africa. We have

recovered over US$2.6 Billion United State Dollars from the people we have behind bars.

Listed below are the name of frustrater and banks behind the non release of your funds.

1) Sanusi Lamido

2) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe

2) Micheal Edward

3) Chief Joseph Sanusi

3) Dr Godwin Emefiele

4) Mrs. Sherry Williams

5) Robert S. Mueller, III

6) Barrister David Scott

7) Mr. James B. Comey Jr

8) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams

9) Dr. Patrick Aziza Deputy Governor - Policy / Board

10) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)

11) Mrs. Tanner Williams

12) Mr Wilson Norman

13) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of

14) Mr. John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.

15) Foreign fund diplomatic courie

16) Mrs. Jennifer Saldana

17) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria

Our duty is to make sure we stop Internet scam and money laundering. As for today we have put a lot of fraudsters in jail. We go all over Africa to pick this

Internet rats,We have over 8,273 of them in our jail around Africa and we are still looking for more. We are aware that a lot of foreigners out there have been

deceived and lost their hard earn money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out

Africa including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day, they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end. It was agreed

that to retain the good image of our country and the rest of African countries, all the victims who lost his/her hard earn money to these faceless thieves will be

compensated with just US$5,000,000,00 (Five Million United State Dollars).

This we assume will help you to start a new life. Please, we apologies that you take our offer as little as it is due to the fact that (victims) in our pay list are

too numerous. We en-back on this pay back from the money we recovered from these fraudsters, So you are advise to contact Dr Richard Kelly and let him know if you

are still interested to get your Master Card to you today as he have been waiting to hear from you to help him complete this delivery to you. contact him with your

personal information below for the release of your Master Card worth US$5,000,000,00.

NOTE: You are advised to furnish Dr Richard Kelly With $350 and also your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid to you

$5,000,000.00(Five Million United State Dollars). We expect your urgent response to this E-mail to enable us monitor this payment effectively thereby making contact

with Mr. Mr. David Skelton.As directed to avoid further delay.

Provide your details below and forward it to Dr Richard Kelly.for the release of your Master Card.

FULL NAME.......







ID CARD...........

Contact Name: Dr Richard Kelly

Contact Email Address:( )

Thanks and remain Bless

Mr. Michael J. Burn.
Supervising Manager

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