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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?frank=20wallace?= <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 08:36:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear Friend,I am Mr Frank Wallace, Bank Manager in London.I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.On June 6, 2000, an America Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr.John Lugard made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months,valued at 10,000,000.00pds (Ten Million Pounds) in my branch.Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we disco

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- frank wallace

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