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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.Michael Alison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:18:16 -0700
Subject: Hello, Hello

My Name is Michael Alison,I am a US citizen,I was born 1960, I reside here in Denton, Texas United States.My residential address is as follows.3905 Waterford Way,Denton,TX,United States.
God will be angry with me if i see the means of you getting your fund easily and not telling you, that is what prompted me to write you this email.
I am one of those that were scammed in Nigeria through Bank next of Kins /Inheritance,I had paid over US$74,000 for the past years while in the USA,trying to get my payment all to no avail.And they always stopped my funds with one reason or the order after making payments and they asked for more payments.
So I decided to travel to Washington DC with all my documents,And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI Director to contact Barr,Paul Ideke, who is a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) in Nigeria and a member of the  COMMITTEE,currently in Nigeria for all outstanding next of Kins / Inheritance payments, Lotto, consignments, etc. So I contacted him as I was directed and he explained everything to me.
He invited me to Nigeria and he took me to the paying bank for the claim of my payment,and my $12.5M  was paid to me successfully. Right now I am the most happiest person on earth because I have finally received my funds of (US$12.5Million ) after all these years.
Moreover, Barr,Paul Ideke, showed me the full list of the names and information of those that are yet to receive their Next of Kins / Inheritance payment and I saw your name and email as one of the victims, I don't know you, we have not met,i don't even know if you are from America or not, all i know is that i spotted your Name and said i must let you know about this, So I decided to email you now to know if you have received yours, and to advise you to stop dealing with those people,they are not with your funds, they are only making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact the FBI Representative in Nigeria, Barr, Paul Ideke.You have to contact him by email or phone with your information as below to know if he can help you too to receive your payment the way he did help others.
Name :  Barr, Paul Ideke
Phone: +234-802-080-6206
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling 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 the FBI Representative Barr, Paul Ideke was just $275 for the Ownership Paper Works, Take note of this because that was only money I paid.Once again stop contacting those people,I will advise you to contact Barr, Paul Ideke so that he can help you to deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
What ever Barr, Paul Ideke answers you please let me know immediately so that i can help you talk to him.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mr.Michael Alison.
3905 Waterford Way,
Denton, TX U.S.A.

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