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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:

Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:32:48 +0100

The National Lottery Committee(N.L.C-UK)P O Box 1010 Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM (Customer Services). Dear Beneficiary, It is my greatest pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt to remit your funds
(WINNINGS) which you won through email balloting. Well, I just want to use this medium to
thank you very much for your patient and understanding. I am obliged to inform you that we
have succeeded in resolving all related problems that has held the transfer impossible.
With the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who have rendered a tremendous help
to this exercise. We regret to announce the mismanagement of beneficiaries fund by our appointed zonal
managers; we are not able to meet up with the winners amount due to the list of names that
are due for payment. In appreciation of your patients and understanding to receive your
fund (WINNINGS), we have decided to compensate you with the sum of $950,000.00(Nine Hundred
and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in a Bank Draft. In the light of the above, your identification code IS 222F for compensation. You are to
contact our coordinator officer Mr.Patrick Harry,in Cotonou, Republic of Benin with His
e-mail address: Please do send him your:- (1)FULL NAMES:
(7)COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (8)STATE OF ORIGIN: (9)BREIF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR WORK/OCCUPATION. Do not hesitate to let us know immediately you receive your fund so that we can take
account of how many beneficiaries were paid. Jacob Wright.NATIONAL COORDINATOR Liverpool London.Compensation/Payment.
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