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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: Tina Brian <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:39:07 -0600
Subject: Stop Contacting Those Imposters Now..

Good day to you

Stop Contacting Those Imposters Now..

I am Mrs. Tina Vacelier Brian., I am a US citizen, 48 years old.
I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over USD20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C, And I was directed by the ( F B I) Director to contact Mr. Thomas Dennis, who works for the Gold Link Insurance Company in Nigeria,where all the unclaimed fund were been deposited for safe keeping.

I contacted him and he asked me to send my FULL NAME, SEX and DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER, for him to verify if my name is among the list of those that are yet to receive the compensation fund.After he verified my name, he gave me their website to confirm my name my self online, i saw my name on the list and right now i have received my fund (USD 1.5 MILLION).

I will advise you contact Mr. Thomas Dennis with your FULL NAME, SEX and DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER, so he can oonce again verify if your name and email is on the list of those that are yet to receive their fund.

You have to stop contacting those impostors that are telling you that they have fund for you they are all liars and swindlers.

You are to contact Mr. Thomas Dennis of the Gold Link Insurance Company directly on this information below.

Mr. Thomas dennis
Email :

The only money I paid after I met Mr. Thomas Dennis was just $275 for their insurance fee, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr. Thomas Dennis 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.

You have to stop any further communications with those Imposters that claims to be Government Officials,EFCC Chairman,Bank Official etc...For they are not real and only reaping you of your hard earn money..The earlier you stop replying their emails the better for you

For your own good do not disclose this with any of those imposters that are trying to reap you off your hard earn money..Just stop any further communication of any form with them..

Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Tina Vacelier Brian

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