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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: "Diana V. Lauren" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:25:47 +0900

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Diana V. Lauren; I am a Canadian citizen, 68 years Old. I reside here in Toronto, Canada.

I am one of those that won MICROSOFT ONLINE LOTTERY in United States some years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000 trying to get my winning prize all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to America with all my winning documents, and I was directed to meet Attorney John Williams who is in charge of the MICROSOFT ONLINE LOTTERY PAYMENT DEPARTMENT, and when I contacted Attorney John Williams, he explained everything to me.

Attorney John Williams told me that those people who are contacting us through email are fake, that they are imposters, and he took me to the paying bank, which is Federal Credit Union Bank (FCUB), and after i submitted my winning documents to the paying bank, i was asked to come back in the next three days, because they need to verify all my winning documents to facilitate the release of my winning prize worthy US$1,650,000.00 ( ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ) ONLY to me.

After the three days verification of my winning documents, my winning prize was transferred to me, and today I am the happiest woman on earth, because i have received my overdue winning prize. Moreover, Attorney John Williams showed me the names and email address of those that have not yet received their winning prize and I saw your name and email address on the winner list, that's why I decided to email you and pass the good news to you, so you can also receive your overdue funds.

I will advise you to contact Attorney John Williams now so he can assist you to get your fund transfer to you.

You have to contact him direct on this information below.

Name: Attorney John Williams

You really have to stop further communication with whosoever you are dealing with, because the only person who can guide and direct you to receive your overdue funds successfully is Attorney John Williams, and the earlier you contact him, the earlier your funds would be release to you, if you keep on with those fake people, they will take advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing left to eat, and you won't receive any funds from them, because they are fake.

Finally, the only money I paid to Attorney John Williams was $550USD only for (VALIDATION OF MY CLAIMS DOCUMENTS), which is very necessary to be paid, so you have to take note of that. Once again stop contacting those fake people, I will advice you to contact Attorney John Williams so that he can help you to finalize the transfer of your overdue funds, instead of dealing with those Imposters that will be turning you around asking for different kind of Money to complete your transfer.

Thank You and I wish you good Luck.

Mrs. Diana V. Lauren
From: Toronto, Canada

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