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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. Jenna Goudreau" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 06:13:33 -0500
Subject: Good News Beneficiary!!

Good News Beneficiary!!

I am Mrs. Jenna Goudreau the new Director Foreign Payment Unite. Be
informed that your ATM Card Value $5.8M been your compensation from the
Ecowas office, which is for

the support of the Economic Meltdown and World Bank Assistance Project has
now been deposited this morning via Dhl Express, you are advice to contact
Mr. Barry Brown,

the head department with your Full Information such as follow.

Full Names:
Home Address:
State/ City:
Phone number:
Scan Copy of Your 1D

Where they will deliver your parcel to you, We all agreed up that your
delivery will take place and soon as you get in touch with them.

Contact Person: Mr. Barry Brown
Tel: +229 99558846
Email : Or

Yours truly,
Mrs. Jenna Goudreau

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