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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: Richard Cox <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:31:49 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Attn: Mr Fred Kuefler

Attn: Mr Fred Kuefler

This is to confirm receipt of you mail and to further congratulate you on your winnings. I am Mr Richard Cox and i am your fiduciary agent in charge is the Dispatchment of your cheque and all other documents thats attached.

Your cheque here with me in london. Please note that the lottery board have instructed the issuing bank to place a hold on cheque if it is not delivered to the beneficiary before on the 12th of september 2007 so i will advise that you apply a measure of urgency.You are to get back to me immediately.

Before I proceed, I would like you to re-confirm the below details.

1.Your Full Names
2.Full Home Address
3.Personal Telephone/Fax

So, I am expecting you to send me the above mentioned ASAP and as soon as i get your response i shall proceed with the process of sending your cheque to you.

Thanks as i look forward to your prompt response.

Mr Richard Cox
Fiduciary Claims Agent


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