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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: Abigail Woodward <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 07:13:29 -0800
Subject: Goodnews, Your fund release has been sanctioned.

[External Sender] - Please use caution when clicking on links or opening attachments.

Good day,
I am Mrs Abigail Woodward, a US citizen, Am 42 years old. I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to West Africa (Nigeria) with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact one Rev. Edward Adams who is the head department officer of the Compensation Award Office. Rev. Edward Adams is a British citizen and a member of the United Nations & IMF Compensation Award Committee currently working with the World Bank, I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake, he personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.
Right now I have received my compensation funds worth $2,800,000.00. Moreover, Rev. Clifton Seageoves is a very religious man with the fear of God. He showed me the full information of those 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 Rev. Clifton Seageoves with your FULL NAMES, FULL ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, OCCUPATION, AGE, SEX, he will assist you once he confirms the listed information you are to provide and also include the beneficiary code (ZXP/NIG) at the subject of your email.
Compensation Award Office.
Name: Rev. Clifton Seageoves
Email Address:
Phone: +1 (574) 281-8743
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. Please note, the only money I paid after I met Rev. Clifton Seageoves was just $450 for the endorsement and clearance fee, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs Abigail Woodward,
13, Fairview Avenue, Somerville, New Jersey 08876, United States.

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