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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: "Mrs Elizabeth paul's" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:03:28 +0200

Dear Winner
We Apologies, for the delay of your payment and all the Inconveniences And Inflict that we might have indulge you through.
However, we are Having some minor problems with our payment system, this is Inexplicable, And have held us stranded and Indolent, not having the Aspiration to devote our 100% Assiduity in accrediting foreign payments. We Apologies once again from the Records of outstanding winners due for payment With {ONLINE CYBERPROMOTION} your name and Particular
was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding winners who are Yet to received their payments.
Emails were selected anonymously through a Computer ballot system from over 35,000 companies and 70,000 individual E-mail addresses all over the world and your e-mail address emerged as the winner of the 11 selected email address. This program is promoted and sponsored by Orient software corporation (Orient Networks) in collaboration with The Online CyberInternational.
I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in Square whole and can be voguish for your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.
Also note that from our record in ourFile, your outstanding winning payment is S950.215.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND, TWO HUNDREDAND FIFTEEN DOLLARS).Payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wire transfer into a nominated bank Account of your choice, as soon as you get in touched with
REV. Ron DWill
E-mail: THE REV FR
Provide him with the following details, as this will enable him to
process and release of your cash prize wi thout any delay.
Your Full Name:..................................
Telephone and fax Numbers:.........................
Residential Address:...............................
Your urgent reply will help him process the release of your price
REV. Ron DWill.
Will effect the speedy release of your cash prize to you within 8hours.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Elizabeth Pauls
Vice President

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