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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: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 09:20:14 +0000

Dear Madam,
I got your mail,the name on your cheque is LINDA PHAN  and i want to inform you that now that you have contacted Mr Gary Smith Jr of International Courier Systems{ICS},to initiate the delivery of your parcel to you in your country of resident.You are therefore advice to keep me posted with your dealings with the International Courier Systems and you are to adhere to all instructions giving to you by our Courier department,do notify me with all your dealings with the International Courier Systems until your parcel is finally delivered.

Congratulations once again,
Mrs Rowley White
Claims Department
The UKNL Foundation


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