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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: jamal bey <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:04:50 +0000
Subject: From:Alhaji Jamal Bey

From:Alhaji Jamal BeyHead Of Foreign OperationsManchester M27 5FX, United Kingdom.Phone:+44 7011146770Reply To This is to inform you that your funds of US$15 Million has been approved forimmediate delivery to you as the next of kin to late Mr MR. ROBERT FINKELSTEINwho dead on plane crash. For the purpose of clarification,you are advised toreconfirm (1)Your Full Names--(2)Your Direct Telephone Numbers--(3)Your Physical Address with Zip Code--(4)Your International Passport or Drivers License--So that there will be no error during the delivery of the funds to you in yourcountry of residence.Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Alhaji Jamal BeyManchester M27 5FX, United Kingdom
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