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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: "Andrew Carson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:39:35 +0200

Hello friend,

I am the Director of Audit section in our Bank here in United Kingdom;I need your urgent assistance to accommodate the sum of USD28.5M.

I shall provide you with full details of the fund on your acceptance to provide a suitable and capable account to receive the money for profitable investment. NOTE:
You will be adequately compensated for your cooperation.

If this requested is acceptable to you,

please send your acceptance reply to me.

Best Regards,
Andrew Carson.

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