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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: "Melvin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 07:53:34 +0100
Subject: Compensation on fund.

Compliment of the day,
               How are you doing? Hope you have not forgotten me? I am  Dr. / Mr. George Melvin, the man from United State of America who contacted  you some time ago to assist me secure the
release of some money accrued from the over invoicing of a Contract/inheritance, Next Of Kin and  ATM that was awarded by my government some time ago, though you were not able to assists me
conclude the transaction, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from Brazil.
Presently I am in South Korea for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds, I made
sure you are not left out the benefit of the transaction hence I kept aside for you sum of $5.5Million. I and my new partner agreed to compensate you with that amount for all your past efforts and
attempt to assist me in this matter. I appreciate your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mrs. Vera Eve who is currently working with Bank Central Asia
BCA in Indonesia and instruct her on how to send the $5.5Million to you anywhere you are presenlty...
Please do let me know immediately you receive the Funds so that we share the joy together after all the sufferness at that time. I had left instruction to my secretary so as soon as you contact
her, she will send the fund to you via online bank wire transfer, so feel free to get in touch with MY SECERETARY NOW VIA THE E-MAIL.
Below is the contact info of my secretary:
Mrs. Vera Eve
Destination: Federal Capital Jakarta Indonesia
Best Regard
Dr / Mr. George Melvin
CEO Veron Rice!

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