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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: stacy willmore <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 13:51:10 +0100 (BST)

Dear Sir ,
Furtherance to your application of claim of your lottery prize awards winning be further advised that your application for payment has been approved for immediate remittance of your funds and our corresponding Payment Agent has been advised accordingly.

Do Contact the Corresponding Payout Security Company for the collection of your funds.

Numis Securities Ltd
Cheapside House
138 Cheapside
TEL: +44 778 097 2826
FAX: +44 870 132 6286
Contact: Charles Spicer (Head of Corporate Finance).

Once again, we extend a warm congratulation to you for your lucky prize awards winning which your fate has brought to you and hope you shall be willing to participate in the subsequent Lottery jackpots and frequent usage of the internet.

Contact us for further enquiry and assistance (IF ANY).

We are at your complete disposal for efficient and reliable services.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs Stacy Willmore.

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