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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 19:34:17 +0100
Subject: Guinness 250th anniversary draws

Guinness Promo
Bureau central
Adams house, 1a
Guinness trust, Stamford hill,
London, N165TE, United Kingdom                               JOIN THE  GUINNESS WORLD 250TH ANNIVERSARY   We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of Guinness world celebration program.Guinness world draws was conducted on-line by an automated random computer ballot search from the Internet. No tickets were sold.   This draw is conducted to make 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 our only 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.   Please note that your File Number falls within our British booklet category. In view of this, our affiliate bank in the Europe would release your 1,000,000.00(One Million Pounds) to you in the United Kingdom.   To claim you are required to send the necessary information to our helpline below: Name....... number......
Address......Occupation......   Mr. William Philips
Information and Payment Bureau:
United Kingdom Office
Tel: +44-703-596-0866
Tel :+44-703-597-0143
Fax: +44-870-974-4065   Congratulation on behalf of members and staff of this board and thanks for been part of our promotions program.   Mrs. Grace Sian 
Promotions Manager    

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