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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 03:38:43 +0200

Attn: Sir/Madam. TRANSFER OF 17.9,000.00 MILLION POUNDS TO YOUR ACCOUNT. I NEED YOUR STRONG ASSURANCE AND CO-OPERATIONS. I have confidential discussion with you meanwhile, my name is ELDERERIC JOHNSON and I work in a Bank here in London. Therefore I need your cooperation attention in this transaction’s; I will provide all necessary information needed in order to claim this money. Hoping in God that you will never let me down now or in future. Your full name, occupation and phone number is needed for heart to heart discussions.Let me hear from you urgent. Best Regards.Mr, ELDERERIC JOHNSON. P.O.BOX 3038, 57 VICTORIA STREET.

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