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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: "Dr. Mark Allen" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 03:44:44 -0500 (ECT)


I am Dr. Mark Allen Director of World Fund Management and reconciliation.
I decided to contact you because of the prevailing financial report
reaching my office in London. This is to inform you about our plan to send
your fund to you via cash delivery system, This system will be easier for
you and for us. We are going to send your payment total sum of US$7.3
Million to you via courier service. I have secured every needed documents
to cover this fund. Note: This fund is coming in 2 security proof boxes
which are sealed with Synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. I will
use my position to release this fund to you. The boxes are coming with a
Courier agent who will deliver them to you at your home address.

All you need to do now is to reconfirm below the following information as

1. Beneficiary's Full Name:______________
2. Address:______________________________
3. Nationality:____________Sex___________
4. Age:____________Date of Birth:________
5. Occupation:___________________________
6. Phone#:______Mobile: _________________
7. State of Origin:_______Country:_______
8. A copy of identity card: _____________

Note: The Agent does not know the contents in these boxes, the content was
declared to him as Sensitive Photographic Film Materials. I will secure
the clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes which I will
dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable
you access them as soon as they are delivered to you.

Reply to this email:


Dr. Mark Allen
+4470359 04585

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