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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: "Dave and Angela Dawes" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:20:57 -0000
Subject: Congrats.

Hello Dear!

This is a personal email directed to you. I am Dave Dawes, I and my fiance
won a Jackpot Lottery of 101 million pounds ($156 million) in October
2011, My finance and I and the Lottery board have decided to make sure
this is put on the Internet for the world to see.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members and
friends, and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of 1 million
pounds ($1.56 million)
to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of 5 unknown
lucky individuals all over the world plus 15 close friends and family.

If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky recipients
and all you have to do is get back with us with your NAME, ADDRESS, A COPY
OF YOUR PASSPORT and CONTACT NUMBER so that we can send your details to
the payout courier.

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