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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:

Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:20:12 +0530 (IST)

World Fund Management and Reconciliation(WFMR)

I am Dr. Mark White Director of World Fund Financial Management and
reconciliation. I decided to contact you because of the prevailing
financial report reaching my office in London Uk. This is to inform you
about our plan to send your fund to you via diplomatic cash delivery, this
system will be easier for you and for us. We are going to send your funds
total sum of US$7.3Million to you via courier service. The package is
accompany with every documents that covers this funds. Note that this fund
is coming in 2 security proof boxes which are sealed with Synthetic nylon
seal and padded with machine. I will use my position to release this fund
to you. The boxes are coming with a Courier agent who will deliver them to
you at your home address after clearing the package at the airport.

All you are require to do now is to reconfirm the following information.

1. Name in full: _________
2. Address: ______________
3. Age & Sex: ____________
4. Occupation: ___________
5. Cell Phone#: __________
6. State of Origin: ______
7. Country: ______________
8. Scan Copy of Identity__
9.Email Address: _________

Note: The Agent does not know the content in these boxes, the content was
declared to him as Sensitive Photographic Film Materials. I have obtained
the tag that will be tagged on the boxes which I will dispatch along with
the security inner Keys of the consignment package to enable you access
them as soon as they are delivered to you.

Reply to this email:

Dr. Mark White
Tel: 44-703-590-4585

This message has been scanned for viruses and
dangerous content by MailScanner, and is
believed to be clean.

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