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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.Maria David" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 05:11:31 -0700
Subject: Attn:Dear Beneficiary

Attn:My Dear ,

I am Maria David, I am a US citizen, 62 years Old. I reside in the
state of California My residential address is as follows 2607
Glendower Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States, am thinking of
moving since I am now wealthy, I am one of those that took part in the
Compensation in Lagos,Nigeria Republic many years ago and they refused
to pay me, I had paid over Us$92,000.00 while in the United State,
trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So,I decided to travel down to Africa precisely Lagos,Nigeria Republic
with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet
Barr.Edwin Williams, who is the member of OUTSTANDING PAYMENT AWARD
COMMITTEE and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him
and he explained everything to me. He said that 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 happiest woman on earth because I have received my
compensation funds amounting to $7,500,000.00. Moreover, Mr.Edwin
Williams showed me the full information of those that won lottery and
those whose inheritance had not been paid and the list of all
outstanding contractor that were owed that are yet to receive their
payments in Benin Republic,Ghana ,Togo, Senegal Ivory Coast and
Nigeria and I saw your information's as one of the scam victims, that
is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people
because they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of

I will advise you to contact Mr.Edwin Williams directly on this
information below.

Name : Mr.Edwin Williams (Barrister)
Email :
Tell : +2348169039381

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, that they are
Government officials it is not in anyway with them, they are only
taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have

Take Note,the only money I paid after I met Mr.Edwin Williams was just
$155.00 for the paper works, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs.Maria David.
2607 Glendower Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90027 USA.

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