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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 Nelson Dickson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:12:33 -0800
Subject: Good News for u

This to inform you that your funds of US$28.5 Million has  been  approved and will be deliver to you through the service of A Diplomat Attached with our Bank to deliver the cash to your given address
I am the Cash Payment Director Of GT Bank Of London and as far as you follow my directives you will never regret this transaction. Never you disclose this new arrangement to anybody till you claim this fund and also i will assist you to sure the document that can enable you to deposit the fund into your account or anybank of your chioce as soon as you receive this fund.
You are hereby advised to forward these details to this office below:
(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Your  Address :
(3) Direct Telephone Number for easy access of communication.
(4) Your Occupation
(5)Send Any Of your personal id to avoid wrong delivery.
(6) A promissory note that you will pay me 30% for as a compensation after you received your fund.
The Funds will be delivering to you within a maximum of 48 hours on receiving the requested details.
The information should therefore be sent in the manner stated below: send email:
so as to ensure that no mistake is made.   call me on my private phone number Tel: +44 702 407 5216 as soon as you receive this message
Mr Nelson Dickson
Cash Payment Director
Gt Bank London
Tel: +44 702 407 5216

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