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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: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 13:18:06 -0700



REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 08813 £350,000.00 GBP

This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Prof.Helen Joseph QC) and the Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior government department heads) to pay 100 UK-419 scam victims GBP £350,000.00 each and incidentally, you are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims.You are advised to get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your GBP £350,000.00 compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations we want you to know that this deal came at a summit of G20 countries in London, Untied Kingdom, where Leaders of the world's largest economies met and reached an agreement to on plans to beat the economic slump and tackle the global financial crisis with measures worth US$1 Trillion (£681bn).
During the meetings, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world's largest economies in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists and syndicates operating all over the world today,
In other to retain the good image of the country, the Prime Minister of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators £350,000.00 GBP each, Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in UK, the payments are to be paid by HSBC BANK as corresponding paying bank under foundling assistance by the National Westminster
bank London.

According to the number of applicants at hand,78
beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are
from the United States and we still have more 22 left to
be paid the compensations of GBP £350,000.00 each.
As earlier mentined, your particulars were mentioned by one of the
syndicates who was arrested in London as one of their victims,
so you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to
him/them for any reason whatsoever, the US secret service is already on trace of the criminals.

For more vital information, please visit:
Below is contact informations of person incharge of your
payment shcadule.

Name: Mr. Joe Benson
Tel: +44 7024056531
Fax: +44 8704952884

You can receive your compensations payments via any of
the both options you choose, DRAFT PAYMENTS or TELEGRIAHPIC WIRE
TRANSFERS or ATM CARD for more info contact your payment
compensations payment manager.

Yours faithfully,

Prof. Helen Joseph.
Prime minister


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