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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: "Mrs. Susan Philip." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <dpt00100@aim.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:31:53 +0800
Subject: YOU HAVE WON $650,500.00USD. FROM UN......

kindly send your information along with your pin number to this email : dpt00100@aim.com

A lump sum of ($650,500.00usd) have been credited to your E-mail
Address.Congrats...your grant pin number is (UNO-154/4456/011)
Confirm this receipt by contacting Dr.James Young.
on dpt00100@aim.com
Tell: +60 11164 45676

Name:___
Address:___
Age:___
Sex:___
Telephone____
Occupation:___
Country__

Regards,
Mrs. Susan Philip.
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL

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