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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: "MS CAROLYN SMITH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 10:20:07 -0700

Good day,

I am Ms Carolyn Smith, a US citizen, Am 31 years old. I am one of
those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery
funds/Consignment box,ATM

compensation card, Bank check from European banks even from many
lottery organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had
paid different fees while in

United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery
organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to Nigeria with
all my compensation documents,

and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconciliator
Christopher Lane who is an attorney, A Bristish citizen and a member

IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the
Nigeria and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said
whoever is contacting us

through emails are fake. Christopher Lane personally directed me on
how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.

Right now I have received my compensation funds of $11,500,000.00
Moreover, Christopher Lane, 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 email
you to stop dealing with

those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money
out of you.

I will personally advise you to contact Christopher Lane, he will
assist you as he is a very religious man with the fear of God.

Compensation Award Office.

Name: Christopher Lane


Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non
release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind

1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr

2) Robert S. Mueller, III

3) Mr Ban Ki-moon

4) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe

5) Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde

6) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)

7) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria

8) Dr Godwin Emefiele

9) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

10) Mr Frank W.

11) Micheal Edward

12) Miss Donna Gwen

13) Mrs. Sherry Williams

14) Mr Wilson Norman

15) Ms Becky Donald

16) Mrs. Rachael Adams

17) Mr. Wood Gates

18) Mr. Mark Ruben

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 Christopher Lane was just
$245 for the Endorsement Fee, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Ms Carolyn Smith

1124 E 114th St, Cleveland,

Ohio, 44108, United States

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