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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: ronney west <ronney_west_989@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:10:40 +0100 (BST)
Subject: VERIFICATION/WINNER'S CLAIM FORM


Messenger Yahoo! Lottery Results You won £800.000! Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!
OFFICE OF THE FIDUCIARY AGENT


Attention: Mr Amoll Scher,

Congratulations once again from all the staff here.

We acknowledge your mail. To proceed on your claim validation, we will need your particulars to verify your winning.This will be required to draw up the winning papers in your name.

Please if you are not the certified owner of this email address,please do not respond as that will amount to impersonation which could lead to civil or/ a criminal proceedings against you..

Attached here is a copy of our verifications form; please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winning validation.
Please attach a recent passport photograph if available
(For identification at payment point)


VERIFICATION/WINNER'S CLAIM FORM

1. FULL NAMES:
_________________________________________________
2. DATE OF BIRTH:
_________________________________________________
3. SEX:
_________________________________________________
4. MARITAL STATUS:
_________________________________________________
5.CONTACT ADDRESS:
_________________________________________________
6.TELEPHONE NUMBER:
_________________________________________________
7.OCCUPATION:
_________________________________________________
8.COUNTRY:
_________________________________________________
9.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL:
_________________________________________________


Upon receipt of the duly requested data which is to be sent via email, you will receive the contact information of the payment office to effect the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.

Warm Regards
Mr. Ronney west
















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