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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: "Guinness anniversary" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:21:27 +1200

Guinness Promo
Bureau central
Adams house, 1a
Guinness trust, Stamford hill,
London, N165TE, United Kingdom.

Guinness world-wide draws was conducted on-line by an automated internet
computer search ballot search from the Internet. No tickets were sold.

This draw is conducted to Mark Guinness 250th anniversary.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to
serial number 01-98-87 drew the lucky numbers 2-16-41-26--92, which
consequently emerged you as winner in the United Kingdom Booklet.

You been approved for a lump prize off of 1,000,000.00(One Million Pounds)
in cash credited to File Number GU/08/250XN.

To begin your claim, you are required to send the necessary information to
London help line with the information below: Name----- Country-----
Address---- Occupation----- Lucky number---- serial number----

Guinness world-wide promo
Information and Payment Bureau:
United Kingdom Office
Tel: +44-703-596-0866
Tel :+44-703-597-0143
Fax: +44-870-974-4065

Congratulations once again from all members and staff of the Guinness
250th world-wide promo and thanks for been part of our program

Mr. William Philips
Guinness Promo
Claims Officer

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