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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.Mary Price" <>
Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2019 18:31:32 -0800
Subject: Finally Your Funds Is Here/CASE FILE IS 54AC003.

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Mary Price. I am a US citizen and I am 52 years Old. I reside here in Dripping Springs, Texas and I am thinking of relocating since I am now rich.

I am one of those that took part in the United Nations Compensation program in Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me. I had paid over $35,000 dollars while in the US, trying to get my payment but all was to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Africa with all my compensation documents and I was directed to meet Mr. Micheal Eric, who is the member of COMPENSATION PROGRAM COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me.

He said who ever is contacting us through emails are fake. He also took me to the paying bank for the claim of my compensation payment.

Right now, I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $5,000,000.00. Moreover, Mr. Micheal Eric showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your personal details as one of the beneficiaries who have not yet received the payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 and that is why I decided to email you and informed you to stop dealing with those people because they are not with your fund, they are only making money off you.

Therefore, I would advise you to contact Mr. Micheal Eric for assistance and inform him that your CASE FILE is 54AC003. You are to contact Mr. Micheal Eric directly via the information below so that he can help you too.


Name : Mr. Micheal Eric

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them because it is not with them. They are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Mr. Micheal Eric was just the bank transfer charges, which is only normal and legitimate as it is in all banks in the world. So please take note of that Mr. Micheal Eric shall ensure that you deal directly with the paying bank.

Once again stop contacting those people. I advise that you contact Mr. Micheal Eric so that he can help you in the collection of your transfer payment instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank you and be blessed.

Mrs. Mary Price.

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