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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: "Mr David Perkins" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 02:02:03 GMT

David Perkins.
PO Box 10720
217 Strand
London WC2R 1AP

My Request.

I Have a very important request that make me to contact you;
I am Mr. David Perkins, I found Your profile very
interesting and decided to reach you directly to solicit
your assistance and Guidelines in making a business
investment and transfer of (£?12.5M GBP) to your country
within the Next few days.

I presently work as a senior Accounts Director, Offshore
Mortgage & Services with Natwest Bank Plc, London. But at
this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about
this profitable Business investment until I get your
response by mail.
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the
fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money
laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act, funds will be
released to you after necessary processes have been

Please take out a moment of your very busy Schedule today to
respond back if you are interested; please send your direct
telephone numbers through this email
( for an initial confidential
communication. I wish for utmost confidentiality in handling
this transaction.
Awaiting your reply,

Mr. David Perkins
Snr. Accounts Director.

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