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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: Elizabeth Wallace <>
Reply-To: Elizabeth Wallace <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:48:52 -0500 (PET)
Subject: Dear Winner

Dear Winner,

The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Awareness Promotion Department of the NOKIA, wishes to congratulate you on your success as the STAR PRIZE WINNER in the 2012 Year Promotion sterling on NOKIA held on the 20th of July 2012 in London, UNITED KINGDOM

This makes you the proud owner of a brand new Toyota Camry 2011 model, NOKIA N8 GSM and a cash prize of £3,000,000.00 GBP (Three Million Great British Pounds) To file for your claims kindly send an email or call our Nokia agent (Mr Donald Flack)

Fill the form below:

1, Name:......
2, country:......
3, occupation:......
4, age:......
5, sex:......
6, postal address:......
7, phone Numbers:......

Name. Donald Flack
Tel: +447024085593

Congratulations once more, from nokia web-online balloting selection.

Mrs Elizabeth Wallace

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