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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: "Norris Stephen David" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:02:13 +0100
Subject: I await your urgent possitive response

Dear Sir/Madam,

My client , Asil Nadirf, a business tycoon and the former Chief Executive officer of Polly Peck International (PPI.), London the United Kingdom need your assistance for business investment.

I wait your reply for more details.

Thank you

NORRIS & MAGUEL Financial Services, Inc
291 Hackney Rd
London E2 8NA
United Kingdom
Tel/Fax: +44-7006-048-648

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