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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: Barr Bright Luke <>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 17:21:36 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Claims Procedures

Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden
London NW10
United Kingdom
Ref: BTD/968/05
Batch: 409978E

Dear Winner

I had been directed to release your payment cheque to you as soon as possible, immediately I receive your email. Our Delivery officer would be delivering your cheque to you through DHL to your Respective city or locations in your Country.
We would need

• Your full name.
• Your age.
• Phone number.
• Occupation.
• Postal address.
• DHL Delivery Fee of $180 Dollars.

Send the delivery fees through Western Union Money Transfer, to my secretary Mr Shaka Momodu , ADDRESS: BARRISTER BRIGHT LUKE AND SONS’ CHAMBERS, ABUJA, NIGERIA.

And after payment you are to send this informations below
(1) Receiver Name:
(2) Sender Name :
(3) Sender Address:
(4) Test Question:
(5) Answer:
(6) Amount Sent:
(7) M T C N Number

This will enable the courier company(DHL) send you the winner certificate and the cheque.
I congratulate you as one of the Global Afro Asia sweepstakes lottery winners.
N.B: Your winner's Award certificate will be sent with your Cheque.
Without the winner's certificate presented at your local bank, you won't be able to claim the money and it might cause a lot of delay as this is a crossed cheque. You can receive the money in any country in the world. Please call me as soon as you receive this mail.

Thanks for your cooperation. Note, it is not possible for me to deduct the DHL fee from your winning cheque because it has been issued and sent to me by the general overseer Mrs Kate Watters in conjunction with the A.B.N AMRO Bank financial. In this case , you are required to pay this fee to get your winning cheque within five working days.

Please note that under no circumstance must you reveal your winning ticket number to any one for this organization shall not in anyway be held responsible for double claiming. You have to keep your winning information secret. You once again congratulation and I await your swift response.

Barr Bright Luke
Phone , +234802 338 0674

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