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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: "Walters J. Andrew" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 05:18:42 -0800

Mr.Walters J. Andrew
Kempton House Dysart Rd.
Grantham Lincolnshire NG31 7LT, LONDON

Dear Friend,


I am Mr.Walters J. Andrew, from Walters Limited,London. I represent a client who has interest to do business relative and invest in your country in any area related to Real Estate, Properties, Shares, Bonds,Agriculture, Construction, Supply, Services, or any business of your choice in order to initiate a proper and structured relationship: Please let me know what your response will be to an offer to receive investment funds in cash or cash/bank account. You will be required to;

(1) The said fund amounts to Twenty Nine Million, Two Hundred Thousand POUNDS Only and you will assist in the transfer/receive of the above amount in cash or your designated viable bank.

(2) Receive, Invest and Manage the funds in a long term business venture.

(3). Advise on lucrative areas for investment with good turn-over profit The transaction will result in you being paid a commission of 10% of the investment capital and extra additional percentage in every subsequent venture under your supervision and the transaction desires absolute confidentiality and professionalism in the handling of this matter because of my client. We intend to invest through you or your agency in the purchase of assets in your country.

Your swift response will be appreciated with private Cell phone numbers so that I can give you a call to discuss with you verbally.Please send your reply to this Email address:

Sincerely yours,

Mr.Walters J. Andrew

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