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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: mr Buckleyh <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:51:04 +0000
Subject: From: Mr,George F.Buckley.

From: Mr,George F.Buckley.
Group Finance Director.
OF A Bank In United Kingdom

Greetings To You !!!!!


My Name is Mr,George F.Buckley, an investment consultant working here London with a Bank.I will be happy to work this deal out with you if you have a coporate or personal Bank Account.I need strong Assurance that you will never let me down,if I transfer this money to your account.The money to transfer is £30,000.000.00-{Thirty Million British Pounds Sterling} for investment expansion in your country,I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your response is received.

I am looking forward hearing from you as soon as possible if you are interested reply back and send your mobile so that i will call you to have heart to heart talk over this transaction. you should email me on (

Thank you for your time and attention.

Warmest regards,
Mr,George F.Buckley

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