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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:

Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 07:01:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Contact email:

80 Hammersmith Road
London,W14 BUD
United Kingdom.

The American Online Foundation in United Kingdom was established in
1983 by Americans Multi-Million Groups and is now currently
supported by the United Nations (UN), European Union (Eu) and the Food
and Agriculture Organizations (FAO).

To celebrate 27 years anniversary program,the American Internet Fund in
london together with several national companies and other relevant
authorities has an annual donation of 2,000.000.00 GBP British Pounds
(Two Million Great British Pounds) to eight lucky recipients. You were
selected among the lucky recipients to receive this award sum as
charity donations/aid from the American Foundation in England in
accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.

How to claim Your Prize:
You should fill out this Form below and send to Payee Bank via this

Contact Person: Dr Andy Wright
Contact email:

1) Full Name: .............
2) Address: ...............
3) Nationality: .................
4) Age: ..................
5) Telephone (Mobile): .................

Contact Payee Bank at with the
needed information's

We congratulate you and advice you to make judicious use of your prize
when it gets to you.

Mike Ellis
Foundation Agent

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