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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: "GARRY LOOPY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:32:25 +0100
Subject: HELLO

I sent an email to you but it seems you never received it.I had to take the pain to send it again.
I seek your partnership to enable me transfer some funds(£6m pounds) to your account for both of
us and i am open for negotiation in terms of your percentage so far you put in your utmost attention
and sincerity due to the nature of this transaction.I am the finance manager Bank of Scotland and
i assure all documents to back you up will be provided by me.Please respond to me via email
for more details

Best Regards,
Garry Loopy

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