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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: philip jones <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 17:29:37 -0500
Subject: Your Reply....?


I wish to inform you that this letter is not a joke mail and I urge
you to treat
it serious. We want to transfer The 32,000,000.00 (Thirty Two Million GBP) to
any safe account with your honest assistance. I have every possibility for the
accumulated proceed to be paid in your favour and then both of us will
share the
value equal percentage Can I trust you on this?

Although, necessary steps has been made regards to this issue confidentially
with key Bank Personnel?s and they have agreed to help if I found honest and
capable person to handle this transaction to enable us transfer the
value Asset
out from UK.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a concrete special
arrangement that
will protect us from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your
notice that this transaction is total hitch-free and you should not entertain
any fear because good arrangement has been outlined for successful conclusion.

If you are willing and capable to handle this business with me in full
confidence & trust, please do not hesitate to Reply me back

I look forward hearing from you.

Warmest Regards.

Dr. philip jones.

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