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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: "Juliet Hart" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 22:21:00 -0700
Subject: Ref: Claim your Grant Award (Department for International Development)

Ref No: DFID/765/2010/185
Batch No: 231-967-17-10

Dear Sir,


This is to notify you that you have been selected By the Board of Trustees of the above International Development organization based in the U. K to qualify for a Cash Grant/Donation for Business, Economic, social and Research developments in your community.
The UK Department for International Development was conceived with the objective of Human Growth and Community development. In line with our Golden Jubilee anniversary program this year, the Department for International Development in conjunction with the Airsoftmail Inc is giving out One Hundred Million United States Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 75 lucky international recipients worldwide in different categories for Business development and Social upliftment of their various communities. These funds are freely given to enhance your business and community development.
Based on the random selection exercise of millions of Internet and Credit card users worldwide by our partners, AIRSOFTMAIL INC, your name was selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$750,000.00 (Seven hundred & Fifty thousand United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.
Of the awarded Grant,USD$300.000.00(Three hundred thousand United States Dollars)is earmarked for community development in your area of operation and USD$450.000.00(Four Hundred & Fifty thousand United States dollars) will be solely for business upliftment and growth.

You are required to Contact immediately the Executive Secretary below for pre qualification and processing of your claims. Please quote your reference No. and batch No. in all correspondence.

Mr. Peter Muller
Tel: +44-702-303-7767
Fax: +44-705-366-0904

Please note that these donations/Grants are administered by a British Bank and therefore subject to British Laws.
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Juliet Hart Mrs.
(Legal Secretary)

MANAGEMENT BOARD: Nemat (Minouche) Shafik ; Mark Lowcock ;Michael Anderson ; Richard Calvert ; Doreen Langston; David Macleod.

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