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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: "FIFA UK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:03:12 +0400
Subject: Re Your Decision


Congratulations your email has won £ 1.2 Million Pounds in the FIFA UK EMAIL AND MOBILE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS PROMOTIONS. Your Reference No: GBP/WD77/2012 kindly contact the paying Agent: Mr. Tom Gordon,to claim your prize.

Legal Representatives, Financial Brokers & Investments Advisers
No 35 Lake View Road, Law House Enfield, London Agent: Mr. Tom Gordon
TEL: +44 131-208-3485
FAX:+44 203-514-1052

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