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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. David Louw" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 02:07:57 +0100

I am Mr. David Louw Director of World Fund Management and reconciliation.I
decided to contact you because of the prevailing financial report reaching
my office in London. This is to inform you about our plan to send your
fund to you via cash delivery system, This system will be easier for you
and for us. We are going to send your payment total sum of US$7.3Million
to you via courier service. I have secured every needed documents to cover
this fund.

Note: 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.

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 contents in these boxes, the content was
declared to him as Sensitive Photographic Film Materials. I will secure
the clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes which I will
dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable
you access them as soon as they are delivered to you.

Reply to this

Mr. David Louw
Tel: 44-703-590-4585

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