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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: "Alex" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:53:19 -0700
Subject: Attn:Sir/Madam.


>From Mr.Alex Kelvin
Royal House of Treasury


We the entire members of the Royal House of Treasury, on behalf of the Government of Great Britain, under the auspices of the Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England II held a meeting this week concerning payment,both foreign and local contractors
and some inheritance funds which were not released to the right benefactors.Her Royal Majesty, has just informed this office (Royal House of Treasury)that All the listed contractors and Inheritance funds factors which their CONTRACT PAYMENT SUM AND
INHERITANCE FUNDS were not paid to should be released to them with effect. We discovered that your payment listed to us million dollars (GBP33.5M) Great Britain Pounds(GBP33.5M), you are advised to respond with effect so that we will process your
payment to be made in any form you wish to receive your funds.Kindly respond to this office so that your payment will be process and transferred under 72hours of receiving this email. On going through files yesterday, we discovered that your file was
dumped untreated, so at this juncture, we apologize for the delay of your payment and please stop communicating with any office now and attention to the appointed office below for you to receive your payment accordingly. Now your new Payment Reference,
Allocation Password, Pin Code and your Certificate of Merit Payment Released Code ; Immediate Telex confirmation; Secret Code ,Having received these vital payment number, therefore You are qualified now to receive and confirm Your payment with the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland immediately within 72hours You are directed to reconfirm your full detailed information, as stated:

as well as time to call you on the phone.

Best Regards

Mr.Alex Kelvin
Royal House of Treasury

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