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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: MR DONNA SMITH JONES <dsjonesclaimsagent1@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 13:58:25 +0100 (BST)
Subject: ATTENTION WINNER


Dear Winner


This is to duly inform you that without the requested information which you are asked to provide, your winnings/claims will not be processed.

This is process of verifying and processing your winnings from your the claims department by your fudicial agent.

Please be advise to provide these details so as to enable us process your claims.

I await the requested information so that your claims can be processed in due course.


Regards,
Donna Smith Jones.


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