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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: "George Padmore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 19:06:15 -0800
Subject: Hello

Dearest Friend,

I want to bring to your knowledge of a very lucrative business opportunity
that I have. Well I work as an agent that accompanies contractors funds to
be paid to them i have this deal and i won't mind you in it if you promise
to keep optimum confidentiality.

The consignment consists of two boxes, the boxes contains about $20million
all in $100.00 bills this money was accompanied by me to U.S.A and was
handed over to a diplomat .The name of the Diplomat will be given to you as
soon as you indicate your interest. You will Call the diplomat and tell him
that you are calling on behalf of Mr. George Padmore that handed the
consignment to him, Also ask him what and what is needed to clear out this
consignments, bear in mind that he is not aware of the content of the boxes,
it was registered as CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS, you know that this
consignment has been there for the past 2 month where I am looking for a
trust worthy person to get it out.

This money was meant for the contractors that executed their contracts bear
in mind that i am ready to release 40% of the total money to you for your
help; I will be expecting your reply today and also a call on (+44)
7024094723 and please send to me your phone and fax number if interested.
Please direct your reply to my personal mailing address for security
purpose. (

Regards, Mr. George Padmore
(+44) 7024094723

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