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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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Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 04:58:43 -0430

From: Mr.George Scott,
Chief Auditor Lloyds Banking Group
25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN

My Name is Mr.George Scott, the Chief Auditor of Lloyds Banking Group London-UK, former account officer to Mr. John Shumejda, an American Citizen, who died in plane crash at Birmingham Airport on 4th Jan, 2002, Before the death of Late John Shumejda, he maintained a fixed deposit account with my Bank (Lloyds Banking Group London-UK) After our Auditors meeting last week i discover the dormant account, I now seek your permission and support to have you stand in as a next of kin to the Late deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked out by me for the release of these funds, all amounting to the tune of (15,000,000.00).Fifteen Million Pounds Sterling). Only to any nominated account of your choice.

I propose to offer of 40% of the total amount for your assistance after the transfer has been Successfully concluded, if you are Interested. Please reply immediately to my private email.  (

Thanks and God bless.
Sincerely Yours,
Mr.George Scott,

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