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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: OPEC AWARD 2009 <>
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 2009 01:17:57 -0400
Subject: Batch 409978E...............Contact Remittance

Payment Release Dept.
Trafalgar Square
Pall Mall East
London SW1Y 5BJ
United Kingdom
Phone: +447045768060
Ref: BTD/968/05
Batch: 409978E

Dear Winner,

We wish to inform you that your email address has emerged as one of
the lucky winners in this year's OPEC FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT, and you have therefore won for yourself a total cash sum
of £900,000.00 GBP (Nine hundred thousand Great British Pounds) in this
category (Batch:409978E).

All email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly
inputted from an internet resource database using the Synchronized
Random Selection System (SRSS). To process your winning/claim your won
funds, send the following informations to

1. Your Full Names:
2. Country:
3. Batch Number:
4. Age:
5. Telephone/Fax Number:
6. Occupation:
7. Gender:

Congratulations to you from the management and staff of OPEC FUND FOR

Yours Faithfully,

Alhaji Adu Ibrahim Idris (Director of remittance),
Copyright © 1976-2009.

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