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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:

Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 10:37:05 -1200

Address: 3 Presley Way
Crownhill, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire MK8 OES
United Kingdom.


I got your contact over the internet as a trustworthy and
person.please pay attention and understand my reason of
contacting you today through this email. My name is ROBIN
QUEST..I am the personal solicitor to a foreinger, Late Mr.
Morris Thompson ,an American who unfortunately lost his life
in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which
crashed on January 31 2000. You may read more about the
crash on visiting this C.N.N News internet website.

I desprately need your assistance to secure and move huge
sums of money left behind by my late client to the tune of
£85,000,000,00 (Eighty five million british pounds ). I
will pay you 20% of the total sum for your coperation in
this matter.I will give you more details,on your positive
response, also include in your reply and acknowledgement of
this mail your tel number so that we can disscuss in
details. I can be reached urgently through my private mail
address below.

Yours Faithfully,

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