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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.Brenda Louise <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 02:03:23 +0900

Attention: Beneficiary

I am Mrs.Brenda Louise, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here
in ARVIN, CALIFORNIA 93203 USA.My residential address is as follows,
1208 LA MADRID ST ARVIN, CALIFORNIA 93203, United States,am thinking
of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part
in National Lottery Compensation Award in UK, many years ago and they refused
to pay me, I had paid over $85,000 while in the US, trying to get my
payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel to UK National Lottery Head Office
In United Kingdom with all my compensation documents, And I was
directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director to contact
Barrister Bruce Hoek, who is a representative of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation and a member of the National Lottery Compensation Award Committee,
currently in United State 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 UK National Lottery 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 $5.9 Million US Dollars,Moreover,Barrister Bruce Hoek
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 Barrister Bruce Hoek.

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.

Name: Barrister Bruce Hoek
Direct Phone Number: +1 5165897028

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 Barrister
Bruce Hoek was just $555 USD for the paper works, take note of that.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Barrister Bruce Hoek 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. Brenda Louise


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