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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:

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:45:05 -0000

I am Dr. Craig Burton, Funds Management Consultant for SAICPD (South Africa Independent Contract Payment Department) UK Branch I am making this contact with you based on the fact that you are in a position to assist us in a money transfer and investment portfolio management.
We require an individual or Company to assist us in moving an over-invoiced contract sum of US$10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars) out of our Escrow Account, which has been lying dormant
since the last 5 years.

WHAT NEXT: Kindly email me to let me know that you can handle the transfer of the funds by providing the below information: Your Full Name, Telephone number and Occupation. Send the above to my email: or call me on my direct
telephone number: + 44 7024017793
You will be rewarded with 40% of $10,500,000.00 USD as soon as the money is transfered to your Account which you shall provide.

I await your urgent reply.



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