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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 Karen <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 15:00:19 -0700
Subject: Good day TO You!!

Good day TO You!!

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our
business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank
you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the
fund, I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in transferring
those fund through the help of a new partner from South Korea Mr LIM.
Everything was perfectly done because we stroke a deal with one of the
Lady accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (F M
F), and she rendered tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated
this idea and it worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the
funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1.5million
USD(One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), Please
accept it as a token of appreciation from Me. Presently, I am in Korea
for investment project. Since it was difficult to contact you before i
traveled due to the urgency of my business schedule, I have left
instruction with my personal secretary Robert Lucy ,

Please contact him through his E-mail address.
Secretary Name: Mr Robert Lucy

Please email him and inform him that I have contacted you that he
should go ahead release your compensation cheque to you.I gave him
your information's but you have to reconfirm it again to him so that
he will confirm that you are the person supposed to contact him,
considering the kind of information he is expecting, so fill free to
get in touch with him and he will release to you the cheque without
any delay.

Your Full Name :
Address :
Phone Number:
Driving License:

God Bless you and your family.
Mrs Karen

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