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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 White" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:30:10 -0800

I am Paul White from Ham Lake (a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States ). like you already know i won the Powerball Jackpot of $149.4 million on August 7, 2013 and The money have change my life and the life of my humble family but it won’t change my heart. My family is a very humble family and we’re going to help each other out my family and I decided to do God's work after having a long talk with some ministers of God including Pastor Joyce Meyer. We all did a lot of prayer together making shore that my money goes a long way helping other people all over the world. I don't have much to say about my self now but am over excited.

I am very grateful to you for the interest shown in my plight and I want to assure you that you will be greatly rewarded for what you have chosen to do. Although we know each other for the first time but I believe our father has directed me to you as I prayed and searched over the internet for assistance and I saw your profile on a list of registered email addresses provided to me by Microsoft list from which I picked you.

Be assured you stand no risk as this is my money source bellow. For verification please see the link below:
I have decided to donate to Individuals and charity organization. I told some Ministers of God about this which they said was a welcome idea and promised they will get me a list of some people who can help others with my donation and a smile in the face of the needy. I decided to select my self by going to Microsoft and Google to make a research for people that will benefit from my $149.4 million, especially Americans.

I decided to elope to United Kingdom with my family because, since i won this lottery different taxes have been fallen upon me and much are coming, my pastor and my able minister's of God advice me to move to united-kingdom with my family rather than paying Tax each week.

My donation may not be much to you but i believe it will go a long way to improving your standard of living like my Powerball Jackpot did to me. My entire household will be glad for you to visit us after my donation gets to you.

If you are interested in my donation, inform me in order for you to contact an authorize payout bank.

to you send below details for claims. Name: Address: Mobile: Age: Occupation: Country

God Bless you
Paul White.

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