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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: Lacresha Emerling <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 00:54:32 -0800
Subject: Attn Beneficiary.

Hello Dear,

I'm Mr. Adrian Terrell I am a US citizen, 41 years, I reside here in
Orlando, Florida My residential Address is as follows, 7135 Livingston
St, Orlando, FL 32835, Florida, USA, I am thinking of relocating since
I am now a wealthy man I am one of those scam victim that took part in
the Compensation Award in United States and Africa many years ago and
they refuse to pay me, I have paid over $73,920 to scammers while in
the United States just to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided
to travel to Europe Italy with all my compensation document and I was
directed to contact Barrister Larry Paulson who is a member of
Compensation Award Committee Program, I contacted him and he explained
every details to me He said whoever is contacting me right now is fake
that he is the only person assigned to compensate me.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation Award
Payment right now I'm the happiest man on this planet earth because I
have received my compensation Money of $5,500,000.00 (Five Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Moreover Barrister Larry
Paulson showed me the full information's and list of those that are
yet to receive their payment and I saw your Name and E-mail address as
one of the beneficiaries, this is the reason why I decided to Email
you to stop dealing with those scammers, they are not with your money
they are only extorting money from you with tricks I will advise you
to contact Barrister Larry Paulson now for assistance. You have to
contact him directly through his private E-mail address which is

Contact Barrister: Larry Paulson
Email address:

You really have to stop dealing with scammers who contact you through
Email & phone telling you that your Money is with them, it is all
lie's and trick they are only taking advantage of you and they will
keep on stealing from you until you have nothing to show.

The only money I paid after I met Barrister Larry Paulson was just
$350 USD which is for the paperwork only, please take note of that,
once again stop contacting scammers online or through E-mail, I will
advise you to contact Barrister Larry Paulson He will help you to
transfer your Awarded money into your bank account, please stop
dealing with those Scammers all they do is to ask for more and more
money to complete your transaction which is all lies and trick use by

Yours Faithfully
Mr. Adrian Terrell.
Address: 7135 Livingston St, Orlando, FL 32835, Florida, USA

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