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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 Allan Street" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:11:47 +0100
Subject: From Mr Allan Street

>From Mr Allan Street
Madrid Spain.
17th Febuary 2010.

Dear Friend,
I am Allan Street, An Auditor of a Bank here in Spain; I have a Business of (€7.4 M)Euros for you to handle with me from my bank. The bank just gave me directive to nominate a next of kin after 6 years.
I got your particulars from because I really wanted to be sure of whom I am dealing with to avoid transacting any business with someone I don’t know anything about.
At the successful procurement of the funds, you shall remit 60% to me and 40% for you. If you are interested kindly reply:
Thank You.
Mr. Allan Street
Account Auditor

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