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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: "Marks Finance Security" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 07:39:34 +0600
Subject: GOOD DAY TO YOU!!

Good Day ,

I am mailing to inform you that we have not heard from
and you are to re-confirm your informations so as to avoid
complications when we shall have your funds worth
100,000,00 Gbp from the British High Commission in collaboration
with Parliament of Finance in London facilitated to you.Please advice
on how you want us to have the funds facilitated to you.

1) By Atm Card.
2) Wire Transfer.
3) Courier Service Delivery.

Do get back to me as soon as you get this mail
so we can know the way forward as to Proper,Faster and Efficient
way to have the funds delivered to you

Thank you and God bless you.

Mr Martin Burrows..
Marks Finance Security Towers.
55TH Floor,Richard Marvin Plaza.
Finance and Security Avenue,London,United Kingdom.
+447 0255 062 36

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