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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: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 02:29:47 +0100

Dear Selected winner,
The Board of Directors, and the International Awareness Promotion Department of the Honda Automobile Company, wishes to congratulate you as one of our TEN(10) STAR PRIZE WINNER in Uk.And You have been approve for the starprize of GBP 850,489.00 and a car, To claim your winning prize You mustcontact the appointedagent with your Full Names,Age,Address,Occupation,Telephone No.via email to process the immediate payment of your prize ASSIGNED CLAIMS AGENT: Mr Philip Dezen

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