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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: "facebook lottery team" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 20:53:48 -0400
Subject: You Are A Facebook Lottery Winner.

Dear Member and Winner,

Congratulations! You are among the few 50 Lucky Winners selected
for Facebook 2010 €1 Million British Pound Lottery Promo drawn last night.
Please contact your Facebook Funds Manager with a proof of
identication for claim.

Mr.Wesley Brian
Facebook Funds Manager.
You are adviced to contact the Manager in-charge as soon as possible,
failure to do so might result to funds been returned unclaimed.

Thank You
FaceBook Lottery Team.

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