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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:

Reply-To: <christopherlane0537@gmail>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:33:19 +1100

Good day,

I am Ms Carolyn Smith, a US citizen, Am 31 years old. I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds/Consignment box,ATM

compensation card, Bank check from European banks even from many lottery organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in

United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to Nigeria with all my compensation documents,

and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconciliator Christopher Lane who is an attorney, A Bristish citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS &

IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the Nigeria and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us

through emails are fake. Christopher Lane personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.

Right now I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Christopher Lane, showed me the full information of those that are yet to recei

their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, 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 personally advise you to contact Christopher Lane, he will assist you as he is a very religious man with the fear of God.

Compensation Award Office.

Name: Christopher Lane


Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.

1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr

2) Robert S. Mueller, III

3) Mr Ban Ki-moon

4) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe

5) Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde

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

7) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria

8) Dr Godwin Emefiele

9) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

10) Mr Frank W.

11) Micheal Edward

12) Miss Donna Gwen

13) Mrs. Sherry Williams

14) Mr Wilson Norman

15) Ms Becky Donald

16) Mrs. Rachael Adams

17) Mr. Wood Gates

18) Mr. Mark Ruben

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 Christopher Lane was just $245 for the Endorsement Fee, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Ms Carolyn Smith

1124 E 114th St, Cleveland,

Ohio, 44108, United States

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