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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. George Eggleston" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:22:07 -0400

This is to inform you that due to the delay and pending process I have sourced for an alternative to move your part payment fund of (Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds) cash with the financial security company here in London £6,800,000.00 GBP to an usa bank through a liaison officer/agent where the fund can leave directly into your bank account or any bank account of your choice as to beat some certain requirements.

I shall give you more details when I have gotten your consent or reply to go ahead with the arrangement.
contact me on this email address:

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