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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 Richard.S.Gauis" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:54:31 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From:Mr Richard.S.Gauis

From:Mr Richard.S.Gauis
Tel: +447035944782

I am Mr Richard.S.Gauis From Harlsden, North West London, here in England. working with Natwest Bank I am writing you from my office that will be of an imense benefit to both of us.I discovered an abandoned sum of £20.5 Million Great British Pounds Sterling (Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Thompson Morrison, an American citizen who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter.

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin/Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at £20.5 Million Pounds can be paid to your Account.
This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you. I have secured all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up this claim we are making.
You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site.

Please, provide me the following, as we have 7 days to run it through. This is very very URGENT PLEASE.
1. Your Full Name
2. Your Mobile Telephone Number
3. Your Contact Address
4. Occupation/Position Held

Mr Richard.S.Gauis
Tel: +447035944782

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