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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: "Mr.Stuart.T.Gulliver" <joanne.belly1@gmail.com>
Reply-To: stgv1@yahoo.com
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:22:31 +0100
Subject: ATTN: VERY URGENT AND CLEAN BUSINESS


*Mr.Staurt.T.Gulliver
8 Canada Square
42nd Floor
London, E14 5HQ

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Stuart.T.Gulliver ,Executive Director and Auditor in the HSBC BANK
LONDON UK. I have a clean business offer worth at £276,227,000.00 Great
British Pounds Only to transact with you, I know this format will take you
by surprise please accept my sincere apology and kindly reply immediately
for full details.

Lastly, I want you to understand that this transaction requires trust,
honest and above all, utmost confidentiality, to avoid escalating.

Yours Truly ,
Mr.Staurt.T.Gulliver*

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