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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: "Percy Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:44:17 +0500
Subject: Contact for your Bank Draft worth $3,000,000.00 USD

207 Monston Lane 407
MJ Leyland United Kingdom.
My Dear Friend.
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed at the course of the Uk Online Lotto winning cheque shipment to yourlocation, I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $3 Million United States Dollars) I have authorized the finance house where I deposited the money to issue you international certified bank draft cashable at your bank. My dear winner,I will like you to contact the CEO in charge of the finance house for the collection of this international certified bank draft.The name of the Person with your Cheque is Mr.Richard Moore.
CONTACT AGENT Mr. Richard Moore
At the moment, I am very busy in Sydney because of the investment Projects which myself and my new partner Mr. Peter Hills of CTL Express Delivery Company are having at hand. Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to Mr. Richard Moore at the finance house on your behalf to send the bank draft to you as soon as you
contact him without delay. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon. My sincere advice to you as a Christian is that you should endeavour to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get the money because I noticed it as a fudiciary agent that you were skeptical about your winnings when you were been ask by the Uk lotto Agency Inc to file out a claim for your prize. And now the current policy of the Lotto organizer is that if an emerged winner fails to claim up his/her winning cheque of $3 Million United States Dollars Its now mandatory that this fund can be remitted or forfeited to the fudiciary agent in charge of this winners file.
However, I want you to contact him immediately as soon as you receive this information because he is leaving for the US by the end of this month and this might cost a deployment for you to receive this draft.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Percy Jones.

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