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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. Carmen E Stedel" <>
Date: 03 Feb 2019 19:27:59 +0100
Subject: Re: Dear Beneficiary,

Dear Beneficiary,

Hurry now and claim your fund from the Wells Fargo Bank or your
fund will be confiscated by the wicked officials of the WFB.

My name is Mrs. Carmen E Stedel, I am a Computer Scientist
working with Wells Fargo Bank (WFB). I am 35 years old, just
started working with WFB.

I came across your payment file marked X and your released disk
painted RED. I took time to study it and tried to find out why
the funds were not released to you. Those evil officials can
never tell you the truth that they won't release the fund to you;
instead they allow you spend your hard earned money

I do not intend to work here forever; I can help you claim your
fund if you can certify me of my security and assure me that you
would compensate with me after you must have received your
payment. I must do this because you need to know the status of
your payment and cause for the delay. This is like a Mafia
setting in America and you may not understand because you are not
a Banker.

The only thing needed to release this fund to you is the Original
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER PERMIT (ITP), which will be tendered to
any of your nominated bank and the Internal Revenue Service IRS
for clearance of the transferred amount in your account.

Once the Original TRANSFER PERMIT Certificate is secured, fund
will immediately reflect in your bank within 24 HOURS. The only
authorized and sincere person who will issue you the Original
Documents is Barr. Clement Jonathan. Make sure you indicate your
file letter X and tell him its painted color Red so he will be
able to recognize your file.

Therefore, you are going to receive a total sum of $6,700,000.00
as recorded in your file here and will be transferred to your
bank account as soon as the Original document is obtained.

If you are still interested in claiming your fund go ahead and
contact him now.

The Lawyer Contact:
Name: Barr. Clement Jonathan

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Carmen E Stedel.

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