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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: nelson steven <>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 19:14:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Mr Nelson Steven


I am Mr Nelson Steven the fiduciary agent assigned to your case. I wish to Congratulate you on your victory, you are a lucky person to have won this lottery. Your email address was amongst those chosen this quarter from our new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from the web from which winners are selected. You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate the release of your winnings. Your winning price is to the tune of Two Million Euros.

1. Full names.
2. House address
3. Phone number.
4. Fax number.
5. Occupation.
6. Sex.
7. Age.
8. Nationality.

You are advised to forward this information as soon as possible to enable us attend to your winnings. Our firm has been contracted to handle payments on your behalf, once we confirm your information,your payments would be processed. Everything was done in such a way that our payments mode would meet the standards set by the Lottery boards. After you have sent down these information, a certificate will be prepared for you. This is to be your proof of winning from this office to the payment centre before they release
your funds. Be advised that your winnings would be paid to you in Four(4) installments of 500,000.00 Euros {Five Hundred Thousand Euros}. This is done because of the amount won by you. This money would be paid to you on instalmental basis via the Correspondent Bank of the Lottery promoters. Once again, congratulations.

Mr. Nelson Steven
Contact number +447045776657
Nelson Steven & Associates
50 Broadway
London SW1! H OBL
United Kingdom
Banking / FinanceIntellectual Property
Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Private Client
Corporate/Public Employment
Real Estate / Property

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