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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: paul george <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 05:57:13 +0200
Subject: From Paul George

From Paul GeorgeHello ,It is a pleasure meeting you at last for i have waited for this golden moment.I am Paul Georgemanager in one of the prime bank in southafrica.Six months ago ,mylate customer died in a fatal accident and was buriedat the statecemetry.My late customer (Sir Michael Mcguigan ) hasan account with a credit balance of twenty six million dollars($26,000,000:00),which has been dormant for avery long time.All efforts to contactthe named beneficiary to late Sir Mcguigan 'sestate,with thesupplied information proved futile.My good friend ,amcontacting you because i want you to claim this money with me. i have thenecessary information and documents that would enableus this claim.Pleasekindly send me your urgent reply to enable me knowwhich other stepto take towards the claim of this money.Regards,Paul George
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