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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:

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:42:14 -0700

I write to seek your assistance to move out fund valued £7,522,600 GBP
(Seven Million, Five Hundred and Twenty-two Thousand, Six Hundred
British pounds Sterling) only.

My name is Daniel Sturridge, a banker based here in London United
Kingdom, I am going to be presenting you as available beneficiary to a
late client. This is because you have the "express ticket" that is
most valuable to the success of this pursuit (your last name). Since
you have a similar last name to the late account beneficiary, it will
be most credible to establish you as the next of kin/beneficiary. I
took this decision basically because of this reason and I hope it is
going to open up a good business relationship that will stand the test
of time between you and I. We will agree on percentage when I receive
your response. It is very urgent.

My kind regards,
Daniel Sturridge

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