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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: "Offce File" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 09:01:55 -0400
Subject: Regarding your Compensation..

This is to inform you that your payment file has been in our custody for some months now and the board of director has ordered for the cancellation of your file payment.
You have been given only 2-days deadline, So what is going on?  are you not interesting to receive the Compensation? It is better you get back because,
The processing charges which was initially on the high price has been cut down by the payout bank considering the poor economic situations that made it difficult for the middle class citizens to meet up with the processing charges and what you required to pay now is $80.00 ACTIVATION fee then your money will be transfer to you.
Base on report, we cannot keep waiting because your deadline is at hand,
Endeavor to furnish your bank details where we can transfer the money to,these should include:
1.Your Bank Name & Address
2.Your Bank Account Number & Account name
3.Your Bank Routing Number & Swift Code
4.Country and your home Address
5.Direct Tel...
Bear it in mind no money should be deducted from the beneficiary account why because the payment has been Gazette by the federal government and no deduction can be impose on it.
finally my advice to you is not to abandon this transaction because of the requirement of (USD$80.00) Once you can pay the fee $80, I will do my best to transfer your full payment $4.7million to your account.
Do not border responding to this message if you cannot meet up the requirement.
Yours Service
Mr.Douf Harris

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