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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: "Facebook Online Coordinator" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:21:59 -0700
Subject: Facebook Online Coordinator

My name is Nicolas Esanu from the Facebook Headquarters based in the USA,

I am a Facebook Online Coordinator. I was assign to contact you by Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Am contacting you because I have good news for you from Facebook…

Have any of our agent contacted you before concerning your Facebook Account?

There’s an online draws that was conducted by a random selection of Emails you were picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the Facebook in other to claim your five hundred thousand us dollars(500,000.00)

The promotion going on is to show a sign of appreciation to our valuable Facebook users using Facebook to their family and loved ones and making Facebook their number one choice,Your profile was selected among the five(5)lucky winners that was selected randomly for the winnings


This is part of our protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and scam artists all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individuals email addresses from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years. You may be rest assured that this is real and legal. There are some scam artists around but thanks to the FBI, 3000 of them have been arrested.

Hope you understand?

Here is the mail you should contact

In other to claim your winning prize you are to Reconfirmed some Data-Bases in which the Facebook Board will make use to get your Winning Certificate and all Necessary document available for you before they can release your winning Funds to you today.

Full Home address:
Age: Occupation:
Photo Id:
Mobile Number:
Email Address:

Do get back to us with the above information for the claim of your winning.

Thank you for your time and good luck with claiming your winnings.

Agent Nicolas.

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