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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: "Oversea Credit Commission Committee" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:27:48 -0800
Subject: Mrs.Maureen Smith


We Apologize for the delay of your payment and all the Inconveniences and
hiccups that we might have caused you. However, we were having some minor
problems with our payment system, which is Inexplicable, and have held us
stranded and Indolent, not having the Prerequisite to devote our 100%
endowment in accrediting foreign payments.

We apologized once again, from the Records of outstanding debt's due for
to Liquidate all outstanding debt,your name and Particulars were discovered
as next on the list due for outstanding payment.

I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in square hole and
can be accelerated so that your payment can be processed and will be
released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from the
record in our file, YOUR APPROVED outstanding payment TAG with Reference
NUMBER:PF-008006-US/01 HAS BEEN APPROVED, Consequently You are advised
to choose
any preferred method of payment.

{1} Diplomatic immunity payment system {cash delivery to your residence}

{2} Certified Bank Draft/ATM CARD Mail to your home address.

{3} Wire Transfer to your nominated bank account of your choice,as soon
as you get in touched with.

In the light of this aforementioned, you are required to furnish this
office with the following information, as this will enable us to process
and release your fund without any further delay.

Your Full Name:...............................
Telephone/mobile and fax Numbers:.............
Residential Address:.........................

Forward your urgent reply with above informations to Mr. Albert Williams.
Director Remittance Department
Oversea Credit Commission.
Representative Officer
TEL: +44 70457 15390


For speedy release of your long over-due payment within 48hours.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Maureen Smith
Board of Director
Sebastian Schaefer
For:Oversea Credit Commission Committee
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