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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: "Mrs. Natalie Joy Ancrum." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:05:26 -0500
Subject: HELLO! Have You Receive Victim Payment?

You need to know this if you must reactive your victim payment, yes I know we don’t know each other but you need the truth, I am Mrs. Natalie Joy Ancrum, from San Antonio Texas USA, I was one of the victims that was promised a compensation by Nigeria Government many years ago, I had tried in every angle to get it but all I could got at the end is being ripped off, trying more make me lose more thousands of Dollars to scammers, two weeks ego I got a email from David Mark in Alaska telling me to contact a barrister in Nigeria if I haven’t receive my fund, Honestly I thought it was another trick of scam, but last week I gave it a try by contacting the barrister on the address I saw in the mail, I am sorry that I had to tell you my past because I know many of us must have been making the same mistakes I made,

A day after, I got a respond from the barrister and that was on 12th of April 2017, when I asked for my payment claim in my next email I was told to contact back after the Easter holidays, then on the 18th of April 2017 I emailed the barrister again regarding my victim payment, and two days ago I could not imaging myself confirmed my payment in my bank here in Texas, honestly it was like a dream to me because I have lost thousands of $ to different people, offices, Banks like CBN BANK, UBA BANK, FIRST BANK, ZENITH BANK and receive NOTHING, I only got two FAKE ATM CARDS from CBN Bank and UBA Bank and nothing more,

But to received my fund through this barrister only cost me $760.00, you can imagine how foolish I was, I am emailing you to please stop any dealing you have or having with anyone contacting you for any kind of payment because they will only took the advantage of you and left you broke, contact the barrister to receive your payment before it’s too late, the barrister appear to be a woman and her contact email is

Yours Truthfully
Mrs. Natalie Joy Ancrum.

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