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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: "Mr. George Rolando" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:12:26 -0500

Dear, Beneficiary 
I am Mr. George Rolando, I am an international fund payment manager with the Barclays bank, I saw your information in the International Bank of settlements computer here in London, I looked deeply and found out that your fund was delayed by the bankers who handled your payment.
I discovered that the bankers invested your fund without your consent in a High Interest Money Program through the help of an Arab Treading Firm , this placement has made a high profit of $2 Million USD.
I can help you get this fund, As an expert in this sort of payments couple with the fact that, I am an AA fund manager consultant with Prime European and American banks with a top record on payouts of this sort, I will start first by paying you the accrued interest your fund acquired during the high interest money program which is $2 million in the legal currency of the United Sates of America.
If you will like me to proceed with the payment, I will like you to get back to me with your current address and your phone numbers lets proceed.
I can have the fund moved to a Paying bank in America, then I will fly down to America and have the fund paid to you locally, am an expert in this, do get back to me urgently.
Thank you.
Mr. George Rolando.
International Fund Manager
Tel:  +44 7024082228

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