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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: "Camelot Group Plc" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 03:17:22 -0500
Subject: You Have Won

Camelot Group Plc,
Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts,
WD18 9RN
Tel: +44-702-402-2732

Dear Lucky Winner,

Your email has been luckily selected to receive £1,000,000 GBP, from Camelot
Lottery. For processing, forward full names, address, tel/fax, date of birth
and occupation to the administrator Mr. James Brown, tel:+44-702-402-2732,
email: or

Best Regards,
Mrs. Lesley Green(Publicity Manager)
Camelot Lottery

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