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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: "Mr. Bright Bill" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:08:21 +0200 (CEST)

 This body was set up to discover an outstanding unpaid fund being owned to Governments or Individuals all over the world through Contract Payment, Inheritance and Lottery Winning Prize Awards.

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of the said discovered past payment,and the inability to meet up with some charges levied against its payment, because they have been frustrating people by demanding upfront payments from them constantly and other documents. But our body has paid up all the needful and requested fees levied against and all the requested documents have been procured.

This important notice is to let you know that the sum of $1.600.000.00 USD has been allotted to you by UN and your payment is ready to be moved by Swift Bank to Bank Transfer or Visa Card(ATM CARD), at your response to this official message. Please note that your payment will be processed and released to you as soon as you respond to this official letter by reconfirming to us the following details of yours:

1. Your full name:....
2. Your contact address:....
3. Your phone number:....
4. Your occupation:....
5. Your sex:....
6. Your age:.....
7. Religion.....

Immediately the above details are received and validated, your payment will be processed within 48hours and you get your allotted funds immediately to enable you to use it and better your life.

For further instruct/guideline on claiming of your funds;contact our official office with this email address, along side with you requested details above:""

Yours Faithfully,
Mr.Bright Bill,
Director,Special Duties.


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