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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: British National Lottery<>
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 14:04:48 -0400
Subject: Contact Our Courier Company For Delivery

Dear Selected Winner,

We happily announce to you that your email have won the sum of
£550,000.00 pounds.

To file for your claim, please contact our AFFILIATED COURIER COMPANY
for delivery of your certificate,cheque of £550,000.00,A Dell
Inspiron 6400 Laptop, A British Lottery Branded T-shirt and A British
Lottery Branded Baseball cap. When contacting them you are to include
this order Number 37096218
as your secret

number of your parcel to the courier company.
1. Full Names: 2. Address: 3. Age: 4. Sex: 5. Marital Status:
6.Occupation: 7. Phone numbers: 8. Fax number: 9. Country

Mr. Ken Bill.
TEL:+447 045 717 232

Yours Truly,
Sir. Richard K. Lloyd.

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