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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: "UK Games Board." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:40:25 +0100
Subject: Olympic Games Lottery Payout.

UK Games Board.
2012 Olympic Games Lottery Payout.

This email is from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games (LOCOG). In an effort to give back to the society that has given so much already, the LOCOG has started an online email draw in conjunction with Microsoft.

The online email draw is held using thousands of active emails from a region, and four emails finally emerges as the winning emails of two million pounds sterling (£2,000.000 gbp) each.

We are pleased to inform you that your email is one of the four emails that emerged as the winning emails of the first draw.

To claim your LOCOG lottery payout of two million gbp, please respond with your complete details as requested below.

1. Full Names:....
2. Current Address:......
3. Home Phone:........
4. Mobile Phone:.......
5. Country:......
6. Sex:.......
7. Age:........
8. Occupation:......

Treat as urgent and please note that your won amount will be made available to you immediately we receive and verify your details.

Yours Sincerely,
Paul McWalker
UK Games Board.

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