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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: "LIVE GUINNESS 2011" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <ukguinness2011@live.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 03:47:50 -0400
Subject: Congratulations in the UK Live Guinness 2011 Claim,

Guinness Bottlling Company 24 stockport Street, London United kingdom E-mail: ukguinness2011@live.com This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of GBP 750,000.00 (Seven hundred and fifty thousand Great Britain Pounds) for the 2011 New year International E-mail Draw which was Organized by Guinness Bottlling company UK. All participants were selected through a Computer Balloting System drawn from Two Hundred Thousand E-mail Addresses from Canada,Australia, United States,United Arab Emirates, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our International Promotion Program which is conducted annually. This Award was promoted and sponsored by Guinness Company as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have an operational base. Stated below is your identification number: REFERENCE NUMBER: GNPLC 8929 This numbers fall within the United Kingdom Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in London [Mr.Philip Powell] with the details below and send your winning identification numbers to him; Full name......................... Sex:.................................... Address:............................ Age:................................... Nationality:....................... Home Telephone #........... Mobile Telephone #......... Email address:................ Marital Status:................. Occupation:...................... Ticket Number:................. (winners must be 18+) Mr.Philip Powell. claims Agent, Email: ukguinness2011@live.com Yours Faithfully, Junia Obi(Esq). Management Share the strength,philanthropy is the ultimate goal,GUINNESS ''achieve your goal'' 2011 Guinness company Limited. All rights reserved

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