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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: "Mr David williams " <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr David williams " <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 11:05:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention

Attention !!!!

Scam Compensation sum of $3.5000.000.00 dollars approved in your name through
United Nations mass assisted project funds. This compensation involves business
investment failure, Inheritance, Contracts, Lottery,Dating, Diplomatic Payment,
loan E.T.C, the mass assisted fund was approved to settle failed business scam
extortion. Attn Scam Victim.

We wish to inform you that your scam compensation sum of $3.5000.000.00 united
states dollars approved through United Nations mass assisted project, we have
severally tried to contact you without success, are you willing to receive your
scam compensation? You have to respond as soon as you receive this message
because we have your compensation file submitted by UN external auditors in
Switzerland and we have not heard from you. International global security
watchers reported different degrees of scams and their mouthwatering proposals.
You will never have an opportunity of this kind so your destiny and survival is
in your hands.

1, most times they will contact you to help them claim some certain amount of
money as next of kin, 2, they will send different manners of mouthwatering
proposals of how you become a contractor of some over-invoice amount, they will
present you as inheritor to some funds,They even went to the extent of
promising you marriage which will still end up extorting your hard earned
money, they used different means and stories like buying of gold and precious
stones and scraps which also will result to scam in the end, most times they
impersonates and offer you job opportunities that still end in extorting your
hard earned money and also uses ATM system to reap you off . Their intentions
have always been to wreck you financially and emotionally because nothing good
will be archived in the end. We have comprehensive information about how they
operate through the security INTEL of international security watchers, they
impersonate with fabricated documents without AICD security chip.

They impersonate FBI and other security offices to intimidate or threatened you
to send them money or go to jail. You will hear more as soon as you respond to
this message.

In furtherance, I presumed you must have been wondering why after paying all
the fees requested by those crooks nothing was paid to you rather they enjoyed
your hard earned money without remorse of their evil deeds. The only funds
approved in your name was $3.5000.000.00 from the United Nations mass assisted
project, those crooks operates through different avenues, locations and from
many countries especially west Africa Nigeria, Spain, Ghana, Benin republic,
London, Malaysia, Indonesia E.T.C.

The funds was approved so that you can invest into your own private business,
it serves as help to your financial growth, it serves as debt reconciliation.
Calculate how much you have sent to them yet not even a cent has been given to
you, for how long will you believe them? Please don’t waste time to contact us
for more information. Finally, you will be surprise to hear more but be happy
that United Nations mass assisted project has come to your rescue whatever you
have gone through in their hands. We are going to provide %100
percent comprehensive evidence and gazette of how your scam compensation will be
released, you can make inquiry and submit whatever business you are doing at
the moment for security check and Intel report of the truth in the business.
You will not regret rather be bold to expose evil no matter how they preach and
convince you.

You are to confirm and provide to us your postal address below.

YOUR FULL NAME...................
YOUR COUNTRY.....................
YOUR HOME ADDRESS..............
YOUR DIRECT PHONE................

In addition we urge you to indicate your option of you prefer this fund to get
to you because we have many means by which you have to receive this fund and
those means are as follow:

1, Through diplomatic delivery ?
2, Through ATM VISA CARD ?
3, Through Bank to Bank wire transfer ?

Note: that any one you chose you have to pay equal amount of $120usd for the
remittance of fund to you and you should pay it through Money Gram or Walmart
to Walmart to our Cashier's name below and forward the payment information to
us for immediate remittance of your fund to you.

Use this information to send the US$120 through Money gram or Walmart to

RECEIVER NAME:::::: Larry ibe
Country :::::::::::Benin Republic
city ::::::::::: Cotonou
AMOUNT::::::::$120USD .

Note: that every claims has an expiring period of five working days (5days) so
you have to do that very urgently to avoid expiration.
I AM Mr David Williams
Contacting THIS EMAIL/
Your sincerely

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