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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: "Joan Wilson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:05:49 -0700
Subject: Contact Barrister Wesley Wright Immediately.

Hello friend,
How are you and i hope your doing ok, I finally found my way to the GFC and i discovered i wasn't just the only one in waiting so i decided to email you the details in the most appropriate way considered for the safety of this conversation. I am Ms Joan Wilson, a US citizen, Am 56 years old. I am one of those that took part in the compensation program for scammed victims last year and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in Florida trying to get my fund but all to no avail. So I decided to travel down to Washington DC with all my compensation documents alongside my lawyer, I was directed by the IMF Director to contact one Barrister Wesley Wright, who is a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a member of the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER, also a high ranking person for the United Nations & IMF Compensation Award Committee currently working with the World Bank.
Barrister Wesley Wright is currently in the States (Washington DC), I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake and not to be trusted. After proper verifications on validating my claims, he took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I have received my compensation fund worth $2,800,000.00 (Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
Moreover, Barrister Wesley Wright, showed me the full list of those that are yet to receive their compensation fund and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address on the 3rd batch payment list which I'm on, 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 Barrister Wesley Wright immediately through the below information with the batch group code (GFC/WB/10X1) stated at the subject of your email to him.
Name: Barrister Wesley Wright (Consultant)
Phone Number: +1 386 336-9315
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 contacted the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER through Barrister Wesley Wright was just $510 for the endorsement and clearance fee, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Ms. Joan Wilson
211 Caroline Apt.L 3, Cape Canaveral
Florida, 32920

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