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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: "Dr Michael Davids" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:39:53 -0700
Subject: Call Me Now Telephone: +44-703-599-7121

The British High Commission,London
Office Unique House
Napier Terrace Laisterdyke
Off Leeds Road
Bradford BD3 8DD

The Consular : Dr Michael Davids
Direct Line +44-703-599-7121

Attention Beneficiary,

The British High Commission in UK(London), Benin Republic,Ghana and Burkina faso,South Africa,Togo,Senegal In collaboration with UK(London) Anti-Crime Squad received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens and Malaysia,Etc.whom the country of Nigeria/Benin, Burkina faso, Ghana And UK(London) Anti-Crime Squad have recompensed you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the Four country Citizens.Your name was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU).

A compensation fund of Five Million United State Dollar's has been issued out for Wire Transfer to all the affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers. your payment was among those that was reported as the people that did not recieved their fund,as at last Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure that your fund is been paid to you immediately.

According to the number of applicants at hand,184 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States,we still have more 37 left to be paid the compensations of ($5,000,000.00 USD) Five Million United State Dollar's each. Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the operations,you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason whatsoever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended.

We advise that you do the needful to make sure that your Money is paid to you on or before Friday. You are assured of the safety of your fund, and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Get back to me immediately to check if the payment date suits you.

You are advised to send also your direct mobile or telephone number for easier communication.You are to contact me Dr Michael Davids, Consular/Diplomat BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION LONDON,with the information below,for the release of your fund.

The Consular : Dr Michael Davids
Direct Line +44-703-599-7121

Call Me Now Telephone: +44-703-599-7121

Re-Confirm your details.


You are to contact directly the office of the Consular at Email:, For an immediate action to be takling regarding the transfer of your fund.

Yours in Service,

Dr Michael Davids
The Consular/Diplomat


Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possesion of your FUND, you are hereby adviced only to be in contact with Dr Michael Davids, of the PAYMENT CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your FUNDS PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

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