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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: "Gnld & Wallace Global Foundation" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 20:29:39 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: (IEBS) Relief Donation

Congratulation, your e-mail have been awarded with £980,860.00 (Nine
Hundred and Eighty Thousand Eight hundred Sixty Pounds) by the Gnld &
Wallace Global Foundation via Internet Electronic Balloting System (IEBS).
This program is held annually in honor of the founder's dream Jerry
Brassfield and Henry A. Wallace. Base on the exceptionality of it
objectives,is being now supported by the United States Agency for
International Development(USAID)and the European Union(EU)in realization
of the founders vision.

Your selection was in recognition of your commitment and in view of the
collective vision for capacity building. You are by e-mail advice to
contact the office of the Liaison with personal details to process your
claims. Your e-mail ref: numbers (DV/GN-222-6747, E-900-56).

Sir. Oliver Copper,
Tel: +44 70 4578 2380,
Gnld & Wallace Global Foundation
Liaison Office, United Kingdom.

The selected e-mail users are by this electronic e-mail notification
advice to the office of the Liaison, United Kingdom redemption for claims
within the first 30 days of this announcement.

Yours Sincerely
Mrs. Sarah Scarth
General coordinator.

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