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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: "Ev. K" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:41:02 +0300
Subject: Congrats on your 5.5 Million GBP Compensated Fund.

Hello Friend, In God I trust, I am Evangelist Kathy Williams. I already ben=
efited from this GBP 5.5 Million Scammed Victim Compensated ATM CARD reward=
as well. I am writing you to give you a very Concrete and sound confidenti=
al information that will help you claim your G.B.P 5, 500, 000 .00 (FIVE MI=
Cyber Crimes Department of The INTERPOL OF LONDON'S Liaison office in Wash=
ington DC, USA. I was also able to confirm that the U.K Government G.B.P 5.=
5 Million Compensated to you and other scammed Victims due to all effort, s=
incerity, courage and trust worthiness showed at the course of various pend=
ing financial transactions Is real and % 100 risk free. I crossed check the=
emails and names of other beneficiaries who are yet to claim their compens=
ated funds worth 5.5 Million GBP on the Beneficiaries List, and saw your em=
ail address on the list and copied it out to inform you and (1) other benef=
iciary of your GBP 5.5 Million still unclaimed with the Interpol Since the =
Government has ordered the funds to be released to you. Sincerely, I want y=
ou to know God is my witness on my testimony to you and once you are able t=
o contact the Officer in charge of Cyber Crimes Department; Special Agent, =
Sydney Baroso of INTERPOL assigned by the Government to handle your ATM CAR=
D delivery on the information below and adhere strictly to is instruction a=
nd advise, all things must work out properly for your own good as well with=
out delays, fears or stress. I promise you do not have to worry even if you=
are ask to pay for the Delivery fee since you must receive your 5.5 Millio=
n G.B.P worth ATM CARD in return not more than 24Hours. This is 100 percent=
certain and legit. I can bet my life on this word I am giving you. Ignore =
those Fraudsters that have been contacting you, for your own good and Secur=
ity. You are very lucky and I advise you to quickly Contact the INTERPOL'S =
Officer in charge, Special Agent. SYDNEY BAROSO to claim your 5,500,000.00 =
D from him without further delays to enable you commences your $5,000 daily=
withdrawal as I am experiencing daily. Contact Special Agent, Sydney Baros=
o on e-Mail: with the required details listed be=
y Baroso with your details as listed above on the email address below. Cont=
act INTERPOL'S, Special Agent SYDNEY BAROSO on; e-Mail: sydneybaroso1234@gm= Direct Line: 410 774 4766 US National Central Bureau of Interpol, C=
YBER CRIMES UNIT Liasian Office, Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 6, June 20=
11. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 95=
0 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530- 0001, e-Mail: sydneybaroso1= My advice to you is for you to put God first in all you are d=
oing and try to stop contact with any other online transaction you might ha=
ve elsewhere if you have been paying much or little money presently or prev=
iously and have not received anything in return but disappointments. I stil=
l want to use this opportunity to inform you of showing love to the less pr=
ivileged ones around you once you claim your funds. I will be traveling due=
to the church programs I and my Husband is having at hand and do hope to h=
ear you have received your funds from Interpols Special Agent, Sydney Baros=
o when I return. I give you my words on this for am very sure your worries =
are over in Jesus Name, AMEN. Good Luck and God bless you. Best Regards, Ev=
angelist Kathy Williams.

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