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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: "Mrs Rose Sharon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:18:41 -0400

                                                               COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Dear Friend,
I am Mrs Rose Sharon.I am a US citizen, am 56 years Old. I reside here in Gainesville. My residential address is as follows. 6909 Sw 33rd Pl, Gainesville, Florida 32608-2112 USA. and i am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the United Nation Compensation program in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me. I had paid over $40,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment but all was to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Barrister Frank M.Eidson, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said who ever is contacting us through emails are fake. he also took me to the paying bank ( United Bank Of Africa) for the claim of my compensation payment.
Right now, I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $8.000.000,00 more over, Barrister Frank M.Eidson showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and i saw your email as one of the beneficiaries who have not yet received the payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 and 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. Therefore, i would advise you to contact Barrister Frank M.Eidson for assistance and inform him that your CASE FILE is 54AC003. Contact him directly via the information below.
Name : Barrister Frank M.Eidson
You are hereby advised to contact Barrister Frank M.Eidson with the following informations below
1:  Age:
2:  Sex:
3:  Your Names in full:
4:  Your Occupation:
5:  Country:
6;  Your Residential Address:
7:  Home Cell Number:
8:  Direct Mobile Number:
9:  Scan Copy of your Identification (OPTIONAL):
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your funds is with them, it is not in anyway with them and they are only taking advantage of you which means they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Barrister Frank M.Eidson was just $310 for the delivery and shipment charges, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs Rose Sharon.
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA
Education: BS, Business Administration

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