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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: Dulwich Picture Gallery <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 20:00:41 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ~~Part Time Job Opportunity~~

My name is Dr Brad Turpin of Dulwich Picture Gallery®

Dulwich Picture Gallery® is a Picture Gallery industries Based in the United Kingdom but with Branches and Payment officers and offices all around EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA AND AMERICA.

We are currently recruiting payment officers in your location (CANADA , USA, EUROPE)

Your responsibility will be to:

a. Process payments and disburse to payment officers under you.
b. To maintain and update payments from customers in your Locality.

If you already work and need something else to bring more funds,this is the offer!!!

Work for Us part time and earn not less than 6,000 USD and more in a Month.Hope to Read from you asap.

If interested,please contact me on e-mail: stating your interest and provide the Details Below :

Full Name:
Full Contact Address:
Direct Phone:
Email :

Lastly note that you have to always check your email at least twice daily to update me with information's and also you must always check your email to re-confirm your information and also contact our customers for payment as instructed to do.

Best Regards.
Yours Faithfully
Dr Brad Turpin

Administrative Secretary
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village,
London SE21 7AD

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