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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: "Senator.(Mrs.) Lee Annel." <>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:30:19 -0500
Subject: Attn:Dear

Dear Friend,

I did not forgot you neither forgot your past effort and the attempts you
made to assist me during the time I was struggling to transfer my $25.3
million us dollars abroad, now I'm happy to inform you that I have
succeeded in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of my
new partner from China.

Now Contact my secretary and ask him for your 0ne Million, Five hundred
thousand united state dollars for your own compensation for your past
effort to assist me.

His name is Mr.Frank William at his e-mail (
Contact Number;+2347069674846,
so feel free and contact my secretary for your compensation ATM CARD.
Your own compensation atm card is (usd$1,500,000.00). Confirm your
delivery information to him, Such As;

Your Full Name.........
Your Country..........
Your Telephone...........
Your House Address.......
Confirm the information to him to avoid wrong delivery.

Yours sincerely,

Senator.(Mrs.) Lee Annel.


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