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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: "Mrs. Cathring Hover." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:05:08 -0700
Subject: Certified bank draft of $500,000.00 usd.

My Dear Friend.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed at the course of the Uk Online Lotto winning Cheque shipment to your location, I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $500,000.00USD (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) I have authorized the finance house where I deposited the money to issue you international certified bank draft cashable at your bank world wide.

My dear winner, I will like you to contact the CEO in charge of the finance house for the collection of this international certify bank draft. The name of the Person with your Cheque is *******MR JOSHUA GOLF*******.


At the moment, I am very busy at Sydney, Australia because of the investment projects which myself and my new partner *********Mr. Peter Hill******* of Express Delivery Company are having at hand. Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to the ******Mr. Joshua******* at the finance house on your behalf to send the bank draft to you as soon as you contact him without delay. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.

1, Full Name:...........
2, Address of Residence:..........
3, country from:..................
4, Telephone Number:.................
5, Occupation:....................
6, Age:.........................

My sincere advice to you as a Christian is that you should Endeavour to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get the money because I noticed it as a fiduciary agent that you were skeptical about your winnings when you were been ask by the Uk lotto Agency Inc to file out a claim for your prize. And now the current policy of the Lotto organizers is that if an emerged winner fails to claim up his/her winning cheque of E500,000Pounds,it's now mandatory that this fund can be remitted or forfeited to the fiduciary agent in charge of this winners file.

However, I want you to contact him immediately as soon as you receive this information because he is leaving for Spain by the end of this month and this might cost a delay meant for you to receive this draft.

Yours Faithfully
Mrs. Cathring Hover.

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