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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: frank clark <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:13:57 +0000

OFFICE OF THE FINANCIAL AUDITORSINTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT DEPTCOLONIAL FINANCE COMPANY LONDON UK ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY This is to officially inform you that we have verified your payment file which worth about Seven Million United States Dollars (US$7,000.000.00) only. We also found out that you have not receive any payment since the UK Government has set aside Seven Million United State Dollars(US$7,000,000.00) only from the One Billion Dollars collected from fraudsters with the help of the Economic Financial Crime Commissions both in London and Nigeria. These include cash and frozen assess to compensate those who have been attempted or victims of fraud by some imposters/fraudsters in Nigeria, London and other part of the country.Hence we have decided to bring a solution to your problem by arranging your payment through an accredited bank in London. This is the latest instruction by the President ALHAJI UMAR YAR'ADUA (GCFR) Federal Repulic Nigeria. and British Prime New Minister Gordon Brown in conjuction with US government.Please confirm if you will like to receive the fund(US$7.000,000.00) by sending us the below information and how you wish to receive your fund 1. Your Full Name and Address 2. Direct Phone/Fax number 3. Your Age and Nationality 4. Occupation For your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) in respect of transferring your fund, this is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment. You are advised to contact the below office of the Financial Auditor International Credit Settlement Dept. NIGERIA with the above information as soon as you receive this important message for more direction on this
Contact Person: Frank A. ClarkEmail Address

Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (445) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the to us.
Mr.Frank A. Clark Office of the Financial Auditor International Credit Settlement Dept London
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