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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: "Professor Robert Abbey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:01:32 +0100

Professor Robert Abbey
University of Westminster,
The Department of Professional Legal Studies
Rm 3.02, 4 Little Titchfield Street


I am writing you this mail with the purpose that we go into partnership. I am the solicitor to Sir J. Paul Getty Jr., a philanthropist who passed-on
with a large sum of money set as aside for charity but could not commence the project before his death.the said money is off the records of his

written will.The money is proposed to be used for charity,do contact me if you are willing to partner with me to set up this charity home with the said

funds.I shall give you details upon receiving your reply Please send me your answer to this email address only:

Yours sincerel
Professor Robert Abbey

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