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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:

Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 04:13:07 -1100
Subject: Try

Yahoo/Msn Lottery Incoperation
Baley House, Har Road Sutton,
Greater London SM1 4te
United Kingdom .

Dear winner
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of One Million, Great
Britain Pound Sterlings for 2009 Lottery promotion which is organized by
INC & WINDOWS LIVE. we collects
all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the
millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five
people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System
without the winner applying,we congratulate you for being one of the
people selected
You are to contact the events manager
Name:Mrs Sharon Gray

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