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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: "Malcolm Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:27:38 -0500

BG Group plc
Thames Valley Park,
Reading,Berkshire,RG6 1PT
United Kingdom

Dear Partner

It is a fact that we have not met before neither have we had any previous
business dealings, but I strongly believe that with
understanding and trust we can have a successful business relationship. I
am a principal staff with Oil & Gas Company{BG GROUP}
in United Kingdom. I have access to very vital information that can be used
to transfer funds out of the project account to a secured account outside
United Kingdom .I have the required machineries to get it done since I am
still in active service. If it was possible for me to do italone I would not
have bothered soliciting for foreign support,ultimately I need an honest
foreigner to play an important role in the completion of this business deal. I look forward to meeting you in person
and doing good business with you and please treat as
confidential .

I wait your letter of intent to partner with me


Malcolm Brown

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