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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: "Josephine Holmes" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 20:44:58 +0000
Subject: Email

Hewitt Associates,
6 More London Place
London SE1 2DA,
United Kingdom.

This is a Management Placement on behalf of Mr. Allen Stanford;
Who is looking for an experienced business person/company that
can profitably invest huge amount of capital,the sum will be paid
from Stanford International Bank Branch in Antigua.
Visit our bank website at or

You will be entitled to a 30% "Management Commission" for your
role as the Sole Beneficiary partner to the funds.

If Interested,Kindly send the your details to the company secretary
for further information:-

Ms.Josephine Holmes ,
Personal Secretary,Hewitt Associates,UK.

[1] Full Names:
[2] Contact address:
[3] Direct Telephone No:

Ms.Josephine Holmes.
Personal Secretary (Hewitt Associates)

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