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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 Ellen Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:36:59 -0700
Subject: REF: 2103VC

Welfare Chamber of Justice High Court Foreign Release order Payment department office.
                                                                  Federal Republic of Nigeria . (CHAMBER'S NUMBER.2103VC)
                                                     P.O BOX III Chamber of commerce Rd Ikeja Lagos.
                                                               Direct line:  +234 808 003 2211.
                                                        From The Desk of, Barrister Zack Troy.
This is to inform you that your unclaimed compensation fund worth of (3.5 Million Dollars) for scam victims that has been here with us for a very long time now, due to your inability to meet up to the demand, we the welfare chamber Welfare Chamber of Justice High Court. Foreign Release order Payment department office. Federal Republic of Nigeria have decided to send it back to Government treasure after 7 working days because of the present economic situation of the country.
NOTE: 7 working days and you will lose you Compensation for Scam Victim.
Your urgent responses are highly needed.
Barrister Zack troy,
                                    Welfare Chamber of Justice High Court,Foreign Release order Payment department office.
                                                                                       Federal Republic of Nigeria.
                                                                                           (CHAMBER'S NUMBER.2103VC)
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