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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: "Garry Mcgill" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 02:10:17 +0300

Dear Friend,

My Names are Garry McGill, Staff of Bank,a bank in the United Kingdom. I would like you to
indicate your interest to receive the transfer of $11.5 Million Dollars. I will like you to
stand as the next of kin to my late client whose account is presently dormant for claims. Please
once you are interested in my business proposal, further dtails of the transfer will be
forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail. click on the below link to confirm the
genuiness of the deceased death.His name is Kurt Kahle.

I await your responce.
Garry McGill
Please send your Reply to my new email address.

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