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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. ALEXANDER PAULSEN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 23:07:08 +0100

London United Kingdom.
(Funds Clearance Authority & Certification Dept.).

Dear Sir,

It has come to our notice via our Central Monitoring Computer that a huge
amount of Fund has been credited in your name which been scheduled to be
release to you and is currently floating in the International Banking
Community/Computerized Financial Database.

Be informed that everything is officially set towards ensuring the perfect
remittance of this approved payment. Our utmost priority is to ensure
maximum security of your Funds Remittance and also to protect the movement
of the Fund perfecting its transit successfully into your Bank Account or
through Consignment Fund Delivery via an agreement reached with our
assigned Courier Service.

You are to kindly indicate your choice in receiving your payment in either
Bank to bank transfer into your Account or through Consignment Cash
Delivery to you via your Physical Address with the express services of our
authorized Diplomatic Courier.

Under the stipulated enabling Law of the Government of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland and other Commonwealth States, any huge fund that has
been found in our computer system waiting to be transferred without claims
for a period of 6 months or less, shall be confiscated.

We do hereby ask you to contact to this office immediately for
ratification by forwarding to us all your current information including
your direct telephone numbers and full postal address where your payment
release documents will be send to you in order for us to confirm your
personal receipt of this fund or consider your fund confiscated.

You are advised to re-confirm to us with your current information by
filling this form to avoid unnecessary delay and complication as follows:

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Full Receiving Address:
(3) Nationality:
(4) Your Mobile or direct Phone numbers:
(5) Occupation:
(6) Age:
(7) Marital Status:
(8) Gender:

We will appreciate your urgent co-operation by forwarding all your current
details through this Email:

Your's in Service,

Mr. Alexander Paulsen.
Director: Trans-Finance Monitoring & Intelligence Commission.

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