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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. Orlando Rosewell" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:11:40 +0200
Subject: Contact Security Company

In regards to your email received, we have verified that you are the
sole beneficiary of the safe deposit box with our security firm
deposited by your benefactor. You are therefore advice to make quick
arrangement in the claims of your safe deposit box because of the time
Our security firm is ready to process your claim upon your contact;
here are the contact details of our security firm. The details of the
safety box are as follows:
Identification No: GTS/PLC/200807/386
Deposit Id: 1780745CCB
Reference Code: AT/075/9166/GTS/2009
Date of Deposit: 22TH OF JULY 2009
Here you are to email or call the security firm with the below information:
Office: Guarantee Trust Security Plc.
Contact Agent: Mrs. Angela Buik
Tell: + [234] 802 525 4228,
We will recommend you contact the security firm immediately and
arrange the safe way of remittance of your safe deposit Box to your
without delay.
We will need your update on proceedings with the security company for
Mr. Orlando Rosewell
Skye Bank Plc

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