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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. Lucy Grey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:23:47 +0700

Attn: Dear  Joe Akins Cobams,
I'm Mrs. Lucy Grey of Tampa, FL 33629. But resides In UK for Now, I'm a US citizen, I'm 51yrs old. I'm one of those that
took part in the inheritance/Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $50,000
while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation documents, And I was directed by the (FBI) Director to
contact Mr. Joe Akins Cobams, who his a representative of the (FBI) and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE,
currently in Nigeria and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails
are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth
because I have received my compensation funds of $15 Million Us Dollars Moreover, Mr. Joe Akins Cobams, showed me the full
information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email
address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only
making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr. Joe Akins Cobams.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Name : Mr. Joe Akins Cobams
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.
The only money I paid after I met Mr. Joe Akins Cobams was just $350 for the paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr. Joe Akins Cobams 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.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Lucy Grey
Tampa, FL 33629
United States Of America

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