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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. James Alvarado" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:46:04 -0500

Dear Beneficiary,
How are you doing today and the rest of your family? I hope they're all doing great by the special grace of God Almighty.
My boss Mrs.Gordon Brown furnish me with your details to send you a Certified Bank Draft worth $5,000.000.00usd for the help you rendered to her when she tried to get her winning fund that failed but with the help of a new partner in China she was able to wired the money and collect her own percentage. So she ask me to send you this Funds as appreciation for the effort you render to her.
Please you need to re-confirm you details:
Your Full Name:
Delivery Adddress:
Mariatal Status:
Your Phone Number:
I'll be waiting for this information so as to furnish it with the paying department, that will be bringing down your Certified Bank Draft of Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars {$500.000.00].
Hence, You can as well call or email me with my phone number and email below incase of any verification.
Your's Faithfully,
NAME: Mr. James Alvarado

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