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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: "Ms Alice Hall." <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:35:51 +0100

I am Ms Alice Hall a US citizen, Am 45 years old. I am one of those people =
that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from Europe=
an banks even from many lottery organizers few years ago and they refused t=
o pay me, I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to ge=
t my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So =
I decided to travel to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I wa=
s directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconciliatory David Troxe wh=
o is an attorney, A British citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IM=
F COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the Nigeria an=
d I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is con=
tacting us through emails are fake. David Troxe personally directed me on h=
ow to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment. Right now I have received my=
compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, David Troxe as he is a very =
religious man with the fear of God. He showed me the full information of th=
ose that are yet to receive their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw =
your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why =
I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with=
your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will personally advise=
you to contact David Troxe, he will assist you. Compensation Award Office.=
Name: David Troxe Email ADDRESS: Listed below are =
the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non release of your funds that =
I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal. 1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr. 2) =
Robert S. Mueller, III. 3) Mr Ban Ki-moon. 4) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe. 5) Mr=
. Ibrahim Lamorde. 6) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F). 7) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank P=
lc In Nigeria. 8) Dr Godwin Emefiele. 9) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. 10) Mr Danny=
Blessed. You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contac=
ting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway w=
ith them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up un=
til you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Bar Larry Jones was=
just $335usd for the Endorsement Fee, take note of that. Thank You and Be =
Blessed. Ms Alice Hall.

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