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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: "RELEASE DEPT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 02:29:22 -0800

Mrs. J.G. Dowling
4-8 West Green Drive, West Green
London SE1 7QY
Tel: +44 7035-949-230
Fax: +44 8701332635
I am Mrs. J.G. Dowling the foreign verification and payment  sectary to British Government and the Chairman House committee Payment and verification on
foreign contractors and Foreign Affairs office of the British Prime Minister.
He told me to Contact all the Foreigners that are waiting for their Payment,with regards to series of petition we receiving from unpaid (Foreign
contractors, Inheritance next of kin and Uk National lotto beneficiaries that originated from America, Europe, Asia, and on how especially Africa government
usually don't pay them their contract funds, and other Debts owned them by the Government.
Based on this fact the British/African Government made thorough investigation to ascertain the cause and find out that there are some officials that
cooperate with outsiders to extort money from foreigners.
So the United Nations then held a meeting and made a resolution that all foreigners contractors and those that are waiting their Bank draft payment and
ATM Payment to be paid by Cash through Online Banking system which is the fastest and reliable way of receiving payment, in other to beat those fraudsters
in Africa that export money from Foreigners without releasing their Fund to them.
Be informed that all the Bank Drafts, ATM, and other Fund that was on hold by Customs, Drug Law Enforcement Agency, and others asking for one charges and
another from Africa, Europe, America has been re-called back, converted to Cash payment system and channeled to a Prime Bank, to pay through
their secure and most trusted online banking system.
You should then stop any further communication regards to your fund with any office  in Africa, or any were else.
A soon as you received this e-mail, you are to re-confirm your current full contact information for your payment release through The Chairman
House committee Payment and verification on foreign contractors and Foreign Affairs office;
Mode OF Payment:  Online Bank Transfer.
Beneficiary Full Name:_________________________
Tel No:______________________________________
Fax No:______________________________________
Zip Code:____________________________________
Contact Person,
Mr Gordon.M.W. Parry
E-mail Address;
Waiting for your request!
Mrs. J.G. Dowling
Head Reconciliation Department.

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