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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.Henry Robertson" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:34:54 +0200
Subject: Read and treat!!!

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Henry Robertson the Manager, Rathbone investment Management Ltd United

Please I will need you to assist me to remove GBP£28,000,000.00 Twenty-Eight
Million Pounds Sterling's given and deposited in my bank by my late client. As
soon as I receive your response, I will furnish you with more details of the
transaction. I do not mind drawing a business Agreement with you. Please, get
back to me as soon as possible and provide me with the following;

1. Your Full Name,
2. Your Telephone and Fax Number,
3. Your Contact Address,
4. Your Occupation,
5. Age

Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.

Best Regards,
Mr.Henry Robertson.

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