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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:

Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 16:21:19 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: Award

The Solar Energy Foundation
PO Box 489,London
OX14 4WY, UK


This is to bring to your good notice that your e-mail account has won you a bumper prize sum of £1,000,000.00 (One Million Pounds) from the Solar Energy Award Foundation with Award Code Number: SES/UK-ISES/AW. Your e-mail account was picked from the free entry category in line with our global campaign on solar energy technology.

They intend of this award is to broadcast to global world that Solar energy is completely free. Sure, there is an initial capital cost but once you have made the investment the energy harvested from the sun costs you nothing. No one will be sending you a bill for sunshine. Thus no worries of spending enormous amounts of your salary in satisfying your energy requirements.

To get your award sum, contact Dr.Richard Johnson with the following details: your name in full;-----Nationality-----;Address;------- Sex; ------ Age;----- Occupation;---- Cell Phone Number.----

Foundation mediator: Dr.Richard Johnson

sincerely yours in service
Head of IT Solar Society,
Engr. Bernard.Brinkworth

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