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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Harry Carl" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 07:57:59 -0800
Subject: Soliciting for your urgent partnership

Mr. Harry Carl
125 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5AJ
United Kingdom

Attn: Please

My name is Harry Carl I work with JP Morgan chase bank here in London; I am contacting you to know if you can make a deal with me, I discovered an unclaimed funds of USD$65.7M in our bank. Of one late American contractor Richard Graham.

He supplied petroleum equipment to One Trident Corporation, a multi-national oil corporation operating from London-England, UK. The payment has been processed and the cheque has been paid into his account but the Bank is finding it difficult to get in touch with him. The last we heard from him was when he made a supply to a company in Haiti, and from our recent findings he died in Tsunami in Haiti as a result of the earthquake. And we have tried to get across to any of the family members all to no avail

The deal between you and I now is that, I will present you as the next of kin and send your information to the authority for legal approval documents to enable you claim this fund. Actually I don’t have to involve myself officially because of my job, but I know what is required to get this funds released to you. Without taking much of your time, I will advise that you get in touch with me for more details. On my personal email:

Please if you are not willing and interested in helping me kindly delete this e-mail from your computer and pretend you never got it.

Harry Carl

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