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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: Dr Carson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 05:00:58 +0000
Subject: From Dr.Carson Carlos

From Dr.Carson CarlosPHONE:+44 704 579 9030 FAX : +44-(0)177-611-4947
Good Day,
I am an investment consultant working with Bank of Scotland, at their offshore department Bank of Scotland. I will be happy to work this deal out with you if you have a corporate or personal Bank Account and if you are capable to keep TOP SECRET. I need strong Assurance that you will never let me down, if I transfer this money to your account.
During one of our periodic auditing I discover a dormant accounts with holding balance of 15,000.000.00 (FIFTEEN MILLION POUNDS}this account has not been operated for the past years. As at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your response is received.After every thing you will be given 40% of the total fund. Can you be my partner?

look forward to hear from you as soon as possible if you are interested, on replying send me the followings. Bank Name................Bank Address.............Beneficiary Name.........Account Number...........Swift Code...............Your Tel/Fax Numbers.....State & Country.......... Thank you for your time and attention.
Warmest regards,Dr.Carson Carlos.Cheif Investment Consultant,Bank of Scotland

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