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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: "ATKINS, Alfred" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:40:16 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Business Enquiry

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Alfred Atkins, a senior staff and executive of a bank in Scotland, United Kingdom.I have only written to seek your indulgence and assistance.

I wish to make a transfer involving a huge amount.I am proposing to make
this transfer to a designated bank account of your choice.Thus, for your
indulgence and support(morally, financially etc.), I propose an offer of 45% of the total amount to be yours after the transfer has been successfully concluded.

Kindly reply me at stating your interest, and I shall furnish you with the details and necessary proceedure with which to make the transfer.I anxiously await your response.Thanks and Godbless.

Sincerely yours,

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