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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: Ups <>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 06:41:17 +0300
Subject: Vital Info!!!

I am sorry to encroach Upon your privacy through this manner; we have a certified cheque of £500,000,GBP in our custody that belongs to you. From Adrian & Gillian Bayford, The lucky winner of the Euro Millions jackpot in August 2012 and have voluntarily decided to donate some part to you as part of their own charity project to improve the lot of 20 lucky individuals all over the world who would help in assisting us with our children charity project.

You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.

We await your response soonest with below information to the Courier Company:

Your Full Name:
Postal address:
Direct telephone number:

Contact KEN PARK.

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