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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 Kelly Connel <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:35:40 +0200

Good Day,

I am Kelly Connel a US citizen but i was raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Am 32 years old. I was one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery organizers some years ago and they refused to pay me; I had paid over $36,000USD while in the United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to South Africa with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconciliatory Attorney Alfred Wilson who is a Lawyer, An Australian citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the South Africa and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are not genuine. Attorney Alfred Wilson personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.

Right now I just have received my compensation funds that worth $1,800,000.00 Dollars Moreover, Attorney Alfred Wilson, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to send you an email to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your compensation funds, they are only making money out of you and asking you for different fees.

I will personally advise you to contact Attorney Alfred Wilson, So that he will assist you as he is a very religious man with the fear of God.

Compensation Award Office.

Name: Attorney Alfred Wilson

Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non release of your funds through eMail that I managed to sneaked out for your kind perusal.

1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr
2) Mr.Cardo Bryant
3) Mr. Ban Ki-moon
4) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe
5) Sgt Amelia Argueta
6) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)
7) Mr. Godwin Emefiele
8) Michael Attama
9) Mr. John Edward
10) Mr. James F. Entwistle
11) Mr.Fredrick Collins
12) Mrs. Sherry Williams
13) Justin Morgan
14) Mr. Peter Amangbo
15) Mrs. Rachael Adams
16) Mr. Wood Gates

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and confusing you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing left. The only money I paid after I met Attorney Alfred Wilson was just $245 for the Endorsement Fee, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs Kelly Connel

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