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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: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 22:41:56 +0100
Subject: Guinness anniversary draws‏

Bureau central
Caple House, 24b
Guinness Buildings,London,
N19835LS, United Kingdom


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.......

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

Mrs. Grace Sian
Promotions Manager

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