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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. Kenneth Kelley (JP)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 18:07:49 -0700
Subject: Overseas Credit Commission

>From the Desk of
Dr. Kenneth Kelley (JP).
Over-due Payment Office,
Overseas Credit Commission,
London , United Kingdom ( UK ).

Attn: Sir/ Madam.

Sequel to the recently approved over-due payment of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$ 5.500,000.00) As approved by the Over-due payment department of the OVERSEAS CREDIT COMMISSION (OCC), London, United Kingdom, a direct payment for 1st quarter of the year from the Headquarters in (UK).

You are hereby notified through this electronic mail service (email) that your name and payment approval was short listed to receive payment of the above stated amount in the 1st quarter pay package of the year 2010. All arrangements have been put to place for a swift electronic transfer of your approved amount of US$ 5.500,000.00. Into your designated bank account upon completion of the payment transfer modalities.

For confirmation of beneficial right, you are requested to respond to this email and provide us with the following requirements:

1). Your names in full.
2). Your contact address, telephone and fax numbers.
3). Attach in your response a copy of your identification (international passport/ National driver’s license).

Upon receipt of the above stated requirements, you will be intimated on further procedures that will enable the release of your approved amount to you.

Kindly send your reply to the following email address:

I wait in anticipation of your quick and cooperative response.

Faithfully yours in financial services.

Mr. Kenneth Kelley (JP).
Over-due Payment Office,
Overseas Credit Commission,
London , United Kingdom ( UK ).

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