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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: Alex Stacy <>
Reply-To: Alex Stacy <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 14:15:11 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Hello


Don't be offended, I came across your profile when i was browsing the internet and you really got me interested, My dear, I want to have a good friendship with you and this can strengthen TRUST AND FAIRNESS between us. I'm Alex Stacy a senior banking officer with Lloyds TSB Bank here in London. I have a business to introduce to you, can I transfer (38.5) Million British pounds from our foreign deceased customer to your bank account which we can share for our mutual benefits percentage 40% for you, while 60% for me and my colleagues here in the office? Because of irrevocable order to approve this money to any indigenous person here and I therefore seek for a foreign beneficiary. I will tell you more about this if this proposal is being acceptable by you. Have a great week.

Yours Sincerely,
Alex Stacy.

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