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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: "Dr Paul Kincaid" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:31:17 +0000

The Freemason society of Bournemouth under the jurisdiction of the all
Seeing Eye, Master Nicholas Brenner has after series of secret deliberations
selected you to be a beneficiary of our 2005 foundation laying grants and
also an optional opening at the round table of the Freemason society.

These grants are issued every year around the world in accordance with the
objective of the Freemasons as stated by Thomas Paine in 1810 which is to
ensure the continuous freedom of man and to enhance mans living conditions.

We will also advice that these funds which amount to GB£950,000.00 be used
to better the lot of man through your own initiative and also we will go
further to inform that the open slot to become a Freemason is optional, you
can decline the offer.

In order to claim your grant, contact the Grand Lodge Office secretary David
P. Owen.


Dr Paul Kincaid,

PRO Freemason Society of Holdenhurst Road,


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