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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: "Pedro Quezada" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:09:35 +0100
Subject: This is a personal email directed to you.

This is a personal email directed to you.

compliment of the day, I am Mr. Pedro Quezada, i won a Jackpot Lottery of $338 million
dollars ($338 million), and I and my family have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of One Million dollars ($1.million) to you as part of our own charity project to support child safety and upbring and Improve the standard of motherless children, and aid low imcome parents around the world give their children quality education, because i had dificulties with the support loan grant i got for my child the moment i won my powerball lottery, as I speak my child case is before the court. And am doing this to tell the world that helping a child shouldn,t be seen as a profitable project but be seen as charity to the needy children around the world.
If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky recipients and all you have to do is get back to us so that
We can send your details to the payout bank. You can verify this by
Visiting the web pages below.

Best Regards.
Mr. Pedro Quezada
cell no.+44703193693698

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