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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. Song Chen" <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:08:16 -0400
Subject: United States Investigations Services (USIS)

United States Investigations Services (USIS) 7799 Leesburg Pike Suite 1100 =
North Falls Church, VA 22043 Compliment of The Day, READ CAREFULLY I am Mit=
ch Lawrence the Vice President, Security and Counterintelligence (CI) for U=
nited States Investigations Services (USIS) in alliance with Economic Commu=
nity of West African states (ECOWAS) with the head Office in Nigeria. We th=
e United States government and the United Nation, we have been working towa=
rds the eradication of Internet Scam around the globe, western part of Afri=
ca to be precise. However, it has been revealed that there's no fund in you=
r name anywhere in the world, if you have been receiving e-mails from Banks=
, Compensation Office, Lottery, Inheritance funds e.t.c., you're therefore =
advise to ignore such e-mails they are impostor/fraudster trying to rip you=
off your hard earn money and if you're in communication with any person or=
office claiming that your funds is with them, we also advise you to stop/s=
eize further communication and transaction with such person/office immediat=
ely, they are all liars and thieves. Also you're order to forward such emai=
ls to this office to help aid the arrest of this fraudsters and impostors. =
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various part=
of west Africa countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO,=
GHANA CAMERON AND SENEGAL), they are all in the custody of the United Stat=
es Secret Agent (USSA) Nigeria, also huge amount of money was recovered fro=
m the scam artists. In reference to this, several indoor meeting was held b=
etween the United Nation, United States government and the African Union in=
Abuja the federal capital of Nigeria, agreement was reached that scam vict=
ims will be compensated with the money recovered from scam artist that are =
in custody of the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) a=
nd the United States Secret Agent (USSA) in Nigeria. Note this e-mail is be=
en directed to you because during our investigations, your email address wa=
s found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custo=
dy. In reference to this regards, you will be compensated with the sum of U=
S$17, .500,000.00 (Seventeen Million five Hundred Thousand Dollars). Meanwh=
ile, the Africa Union has requested for evidence to prove you are a victim =
of West Africa scam. In plight to this regards the USIS have appointed a Un=
ited State base Attorney (Barrister Anderson Lee) here in the State to advo=
cate on your behalf and provide the requested evidence to process the payme=
nt approval for your fund to be release to you. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The only =
fee you're to pay to the Attorney is the processing fee $325.00 for procurm=
ent of legal evidence to prove to the West Africa Union that you are a vict=
im of scam. Also kindly request him to direct you on how to submit the proc=
essing fee $325. Kindly verify your details to Barrister Anderson Lee to en=
able him process and secure evidence to aid the release of your payment to =
you, also make sure your details and residential address are provided corre=
ctly to avoid any atom of mistake and delay during processing. (1) Your Ful=
l Name: ................... (2) Full Residential Address:.......... (P.O.BO=
X NOT ALLOWED) (3) Direct Phone Number: .............. (4) Valid ID Card: .=
................... CONTACT PERSON: Barrister Anderson Lee E-MAIL ADDRESS: = As soon as he received your details, the pr=
ocessing to aid the release of your Compensation Refund will be facilitated=
immediately and your US$17, .500,000.00 (Seventeen Million five Hundred Th=
ousand Dollars) will be made payable to you in due time within the next 72 =
hours. Treat as urgent! Regards. Mitch Lawrence Vice President, Security an=
d Counterintelligence United States Investigations Services (USIS) =3D=3D=
=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Copyright =A9 2016 US Investi=
gations Services, LLC (USIS) All Rights Reserved. This electronic message t=
ransmission is intended only for the use of the party to which it is addres=
sed, including any attachments and contains Investigations from United Stat=
es Investigations Services (USIS), which may be privileged, confidential, o=
r protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby no=
tified that any dissemination, copying or distribution of this e-mail or it=
s contents is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in err=
or, please notify us immediately by replying to the message and also deleti=
ng it from your computer. Thank you. =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=

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