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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:43:00 +0400
Subject: From the desk of Mrs Rita Jones.

>From the desk of Mrs Rita Jones. INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD, HEAD OFFICE LONDON, UK. PHONE: +447024024607 Attn:Beneficiary, You won $500.000.00 {Five hundred thousand US DOLLARS only},your draft have been deposited with the Walls Security and Finance home. You will have to contact the authourized agent in custody of your draft check, with the below informations:Your full Name, Home Address and Telephone Number. Contact Email Address: Thanks Mrs Rita Jones

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