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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 06:04:59 -0400
Subject: URGENT

Lansdowne RowBerkeley SquareLondon, W1J 6HUnited Kingdom.Ref: UK/7803XI/04Batch: 03/BT25/0306Dear Winner,I will like to confirm that you have received my earlier emails andalso make sure that you have contacted the bank in line with ourpayout procedure.As part of our effort in keeping contact with ourwinners, we recommend regular updates from you.You can contact the bank please do so via the emails below.CONTACT: MR PETER HOWARDTransfer OfficerBUTTERFIELD PRIVATE BANK TEL: (+44 70359 26957) FAX;+44 870 479 5920EMAIL:, I will also advise that you contact them immediately as the bank hasbeen in custody of your prize for sometime now and its high time youclaimed it.Also I will like you to acknowledge this email and let me know if youhave any complaints to make and also confirm if you received myearlier emails.Yours FaithfullyMr J.P HallFIDUCIARY AGENT, Payment and Release order Department,UK NATIONALLOTTERY CLAIMS PROCESSING AGENT.OCEANIC BT, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOMeMail; jp.hall@live.comajhall100@hotmail.comTel:+447024092611:+447024094833;+447024096930
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