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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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Fraud email example:

From: Оршанский лесхоз <>
Reply-To: =?UTF-8?b?0J7RgNGI0LDQvdGB0LrQuNC5INC70LXRgdGF0L7Qtw==?=
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 01:02:45 +0300
Subject: Mrs. Sarah Williams.

Attn Please;
I am Mrs. Sarah Williams., an Australian citizen.

I am one of those who have been paying thousands of dollars to receive (Compensation, Winnings or Inheritance) fund online many years ago but all to no avail.

I met a long time friend who works with the FBI; He gave me the information that all unclaimed fund has been moved to a Corporate Finance House in the United States due to fraudulent activities on the internet.

I was able to travel down to the United States through the help of my friend and I met with the agent in charge who showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address.

I decided to email you to stop dealing with who ever that is contacting you about your fund, they are not with your fund, they are only trying to make money out of you.

I will advise you to contact Mr. Alexander Michael he is the agent in charge.

You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Name : Mr. Alexander Michael
Email :
Phone : +19027004484

Contact him with your full contact information including your phone number(s) with your house contact address.

I am 100% sure that he will assist you in receiving your fund.

NOTE: The only money I paid after I met Mr. Alexander Michael was just $375 for the paper works and necessary documents, that was all.

I wish you the best of luck,

Mrs. Sarah Williams.

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