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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. Marina Luda" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 22:44:51 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS

I am Mrs. Marina Luda, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in
Florida USA. My residential address is as follows, 7008 E Hwy 326 Silver
Springs FLorida 34488United States, am thinking of relocating since I am
now rich. I am one of those that took part in the compensation in West
Africa (Nigeria) many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over
$85,000 while trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel to Washington with all my compensation documents,
And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director to
contact Mr. Patrick Fisher, who is a representative of the INTERNATIONAL
MONETARY FUND (IMF) and a member of the Compensation Award Committee,
currently in Washington and I contacted him and he explained everything to
me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my compensation payment.
Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of $12.5 Million US Dollars. Moreover, Mr. Patrick
Fisher showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive
their payments and I saw your email as one of the beneficiaries on the list
he showed me, 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 advise you to contact Mr. Patrick Fisher. Kindly send your personal
details to him to prove your identification.

Full Name:
Home Address:
Phone Number:

You have to contact him directly on this information below.

Compensation Award Office.
Name : Mr. Michael Ramsey

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. The only money I paid after I met Mr. Patrick Fisher was just
$550 USD for the paper works, take note of that.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr.
Patrick Fisher so that he can help you to deliver your fund 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. Marina Luda
7008 E Hwy 326 Silver
Springs FLorida
34488 United States

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