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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.Marie Wooden" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 14:42:56 +0700

I am Mrs. Marie Wooden, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside
here in Sherburne USA.My residential address is as follows,71500
Sherburne Dr #303, St Cloud, MN 56304, United States,am thinking
of relocating since I am now rich. 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 $85,000 while in the US,
trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to Washington with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Director to contact Barrister Stephen Nelson, who
is a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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 $10.5 Million US
Dollars,Moreover,Barrister Stephen Nelson showed me the full
information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I
saw your email as one of the beneficiaries on the list he showed
me, 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 Barrister Stephen
Nelson. Kinldy send your personal details to him to prove your
Full Name:
Home Address:
Phone Number:
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Compensation Award House
Name :Barrister Stephen Nelson
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 Barrister Stephen Nelson was just $355 USD for
the paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to
contact Barrister Stephen Nelson 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.Marie Wooden
1500 Sherburne Dr #303,
St Cloud, MN
56304, United States
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