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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: "Evg. Mary" <info@ip-10-0-0-114.ec2.internal>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 05:55:52 -0800
Subject: Amazing Compensated 5.5 Million GBP Legitimate Claim Opportunity.

Hello Friend, In God we trust, I am Evangelist Mary Tillman. I already bene=
fited from this 5.5 Million GBP Scammed Victim Compensated Fund. I am writi=
ng you to give you a very Concrete, sound a confidential information that w=
BRITISH POUND) Compensated Fund from the Cyber Crimes Unit of The INTERPOL =
OF LONDON'S LAISON OFFICE right here in US. I was also able to confirm your=
U.K Government 5.5 Million GBP Compensated to you and that of other scamme=
d Victims based on all effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness show=
ed at the course of various pending financial transactions yet to be comple=
ted, Is now available for claims. It's 100% risk free and I have crossed ch=
eck the emails and names of other beneficiaries who are yet to claim their =
Compensated Fund worth 5.5 Million GBP on the Beneficiaries List, and saw y=
our email address on the list, copied it out to inform you and (1) other be=
neficiary of your 5.5 Million GBP still yet unclaimed despite the fact the =
Fund was ordered to be released to you then. Sincerely, I want you to know =
God is my witness on my testimony to you and once you are able to contact t=
he Officer in charge of Financial Intelligent Unit; Special Agent, Inspecto=
r Sydney Jackson of INTERPOL on the information below and adhere strictly t=
o is instruction and advise, all things must work out properly for your own=
good as well without delays, fears or stress. I promise you do not have to=
worry, for I am sure you must receive your 5.5 Million GBP on your Bank Ac=
count from the paying Bank soon as you contact Inspector Sydney Jackson. Th=
is is 100 percent certain and legit. I can bet my life on this word I am gi=
ving you. Ignore those Fraudsters that have been contacting you, for your o=
wn good and Security. You are very lucky and I advise you to quickly Contac=
t the INTERPOL'S Officer in charge, Special Agent, Inspector Sydney Jackson=
to claim your 5,500,000.00 GBP: (FIVE MILLION FIVE GREAT BRITISH POUNDS) o=
n your Local Bank Account or via the Courier without further delays. Contac=
t Special Agent, Inspector Sydney Jackson on e-Mail: sydneyjackson330@gmail=
.com with the required details listed below. NAME:.........................=
.... FULL ADDRESS:..................... COUNTRY NAME:..................... =
TEL PHONE/CELL NUMBER:............ Contact Sydney Jackson with your details=
as listed above on the email address below. Contact INTERPOL'S, Special Ag=
ent Sydney Jackson on: Direct Contact e-Mail: Di=
rect Contact Line:...2029910004 US National Central Bureau of Interpol, CYB=
ER CRIMES UNIT Liasian Office, Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 6, June 2011=
. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 950 =
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530- 0001, e-Mail: sydneyjackson33= My advice to you is for you to put God first in all you are doi=
ng and try to stop contact with any other online transaction you might have=
elsewhere if you have been paying much or little money presently or previo=
usly and have not received anything in return but disappointments. I still =
want to use this opportunity to inform you of showing love to the less priv=
ileged ones around you once you claim your funds. I will be traveling due t=
o the church programs I and my Husband is having at hand and do hope to hea=
r you have received your funds from Interpols Special Agent, Sydney Jackson=
when I return. I give you my words on this for am very sure your worries a=
re over in Jesus Name, AMEN. Good Luck and God bless you. Best Regards, Eva=
ngelist Mary Tillman.

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