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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: "Barrister Lloyd Dean" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 20:39:10 +0300
Subject: Re: urgent matter

(Barristers, Solicitors & Notary Public)
TEL : +1 662-731-5124

From: Barrister Lloyd Dean


I am Barrister Lloyd Dean States a USA citizen, I write to inform you that your details payment file has been submitted to me regarding the sum of USD1.5 Million.

This is to bring to your notice that the US Department of the Treasury in affiliation with the Office of
Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") has been authorized in their Sanction Programs to compensate 1,000 scam
victims who has being a victim of internet scam. The US Department of the Treasury has decided to pay you $1,500,000.00 USD (One Million Five Hundred United States Dollars Only) each in order to restore the
global economy to the enviable standard of respectability.

In the last summit held in Germany, with the United Nations, World Bank ,Malaysian,India and Nigerian Government officials, to pay 5000 scam victims worldwide as a compensation to people whom had been scammed by the Indian, Malaysian and Nigerian Citizens

Well, I want you to stop communicating with them as they will drain the last penny out of you.

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested as one of the victims of their
operations. You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him or her for any reason or whatsoever as the US SECRET SERVICE is already on trace of the other criminals, these information should remain confidential till they are all apprehended, other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.

Your email and details was selected randomly also among over 2 million people by our online technicians to dig out scammed victims and also bring the scammers to book and with the help of money gram and western union
For the purpose of clarification, you are advised to reconfirm your:

Full Names :

Address :

Country :

Phone Number:

Age: N/A

Occupation: N/A

Please kindly send me a copy of identity, I.e. your passport or driver's license.

NOTE : Be aware that we are working with the FBI to bring this people to book, however we will be needing your help to fasten our investigation and arrest these culprits, as over millions of people are being defrauded daily.

Kind Regards,

Barrister Lloyd Dean States.

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