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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: "Mrs. Selina Greenwood" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 05:07:50 -0800
Subject: Urgent Information

Urgent Information

We Apologize, for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences
that we might have indulge you through. However, we were having some
minor problems with our payment system, which is inexplicable, and
have held us stranded and indolent, not having the aspiration to
devote our 100% assiduity in accrediting foreign payments.

We apologize once again, from the records of outstanding winners due
for payment with {ONLINE CYBER PROMOTION} your name and particular was
discovered as next on the list of the outstanding winners who have not
yet received their payments.

I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in square hole and
can be voguish for your payment is being processed and will be
released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that
from the record in our file, your outstanding winning payment is US$2
million (Two Million U.S. Dollars). Be informed that Payment will be
made to you via ATM CARD or wire transfer into a nominated bank
account of your choice, as soon as you get in touch with the Debt
Reconciliation agent below.

Mr. Kelvin Shore Manager Remittance Department Government Accredited
Licensed Claim Agent.
Information and Payment Bureau.
Europe Representative Office in Nigeria.
Tel: +234-8034098912

Provide him with the following details, as this will enable him to
process and release of your cash prize with out any delay.

Your Full Name:..........................
Telephone or fax Numbers:................
Residential Address:.....................
State and Country:........................

Your urgent reply to Mr. Kelvin Shore via e-mail will facilitate the
release of your cash prize to you within 48hours.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Selina Greenwood
Online Cyber
Promotion Information Department

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