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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: "Evangelist Grace Baldwin." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:32:35 -0700
Subject: Good News on your 5.5 Million GBP Compensated Benefit

Hello Friend,
In God we trust, I am Evangelist Grace Baldwin. I already
benefited from this GBP 5.5 Million Scammed Victim Compensated
ATM CARD reward as well. I am writing you to give you a very
Concrete and sound confidential information that will help you
claim your G.B.P 5, 500, 000 .00 (FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUND) Compensated funds from the Cyber
Crimes Department of The INTERPOL OF LONDON'S Liaison office
right here in USA.
I was also able to confirm that the U.K Government G.B.P 5.5
Million Compensated to you and other scammed Victims due to all
effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness showed at the
course of various pending financial transactions Is real and %
100 risk free. I crossed check the emails and names of other
beneficiaries who are yet to claim their compensated funds worth
5.5 Million GBP on the Beneficiaries List, and saw your email
address on the list and copied it out to inform you and (1) other
beneficiary of your GBP 5.5 Million still unclaimed with the
Interpol Since the Government has ordered the funds to be
released to you.
Sincerely, I want you to know God is my witness on my testimony
to you and once you are able to contact the Officer in charge of
Cyber Crimes Department; Special Agent, Inspector Sydney Jackson
of INTERPOL assigned by the Government to handle your ATM CARD
delivery on the information below and adhere strictly to 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 even if you are ask to pay for
the Delivery fee since you must receive your 5.5 Million G.B.P
worth ATM CARD in return not more than 24Hours. This is 100
percent certain and legit. I can bet my life on this word I am
giving you. Ignore those Fraudsters that have been contacting
you, for your own good and Security. You are very lucky and I
advise you to quickly Contact the INTERPOL'S Officer in charge,
Special Agent, Inspector SYDNEY Jackson to claim your
BRITISH POUND) worth ATM CARD from him without further delays to
enable you commences your $5,000 daily withdrawal as I am
experiencing daily.
Contact Special Agent, Inspector Sydney Jackson on e-Mail: with the required details listed
FULL ADDRESS:.....................
COUNTRY NAME:.....................
Contact Sydney Jackson with your details as listed above on the
email address below. Contact INTERPOL'S, Special Agent SYDNEY
Direct Contact Line:...202 573 4423
US National Central Bureau of Interpol,
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,
My advice to you is for you to put God first in all you are doing
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 previously 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 privileged ones around you once you claim your
funds. I will be traveling due to the church programs I and my
Husband is having at hand and do hope to hear you have received
your funds from Interpols Special Agent, Sydney Jackson when I
I give you my words on this for am very sure your worries are
over in Jesus Name, AMEN.
Good Luck and God bless you.
Best Regards,
Evangelist Grace Baldwin.

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