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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: "Compensation Award House" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 19:39:33 -0800
Subject: ***SPAM*** Attention:

I am Mrs. Matina Ludar, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside
herein Florida USA.My residential address is as follows, 7008 E Hwy
326Silver Springs FLorida 34488 United States,am thinking of
relocating since I am now rich I am one of those that took part in the
compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I
had paid over. $85,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all
to no avail.
So I decided to travel to Washington with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director to contact  Barrister Barry Wright, who is a representative
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and also a member of the
Compensation Award Committee,He is currently in Nigeria and I
contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is
contacting us through emails are fake.
He took me to the 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 funds of $10.5 Million US
Dollars,Moreover  Barrister Barry Wright 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  Barrister Barry Wright. Kinldy send your
personal details to him to prove your identification.
Full Name:
Home Address:
Phone Number:
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Compensation Award House
Name:  Barrister Barry Wright
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 Barrister
Harry Harper was just $155 USD for the paper works, take note of
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Barrister Barry Wright so that he can help you to deliver your fund
instead of dealing with those liars that ask for different kind of
money to complete your transaction.
Thank you and be Blessed.
Mrs. Matina Ludar
7008 E Hwy 326 Silver
Springs FLorida
34488 United States

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