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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: =?ISO-8859-1?q?=22=A9=202012=20U=2EN=20CASH=20GRANT=22?= <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:10:08 +0800

Your email has been selected by the United Nation Trust Fund(U.N) for a cash grant
award of one million British Pounds Sterling (1,000,000.00 GBP)for this year 2012 award.
Your email address was selected during our random email balloting for the cash grant and if you
receive this notification.Kindly Contact Agent James Young For Claims:
Hotline: +60163214529
Once Again Accept Our Healthy Congratulations
Copyright © 2012 United Nations Grant Award! All rights reserved.

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