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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: Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:15 -0700
Subject: Mr.Gillian and Adrian Bayford (DONATIONS)pe

My wife and i won £148.6 Million Pounds on the 10/08/2012, and we have done lot of charity donation, so we have decided to give out $2,000,000.00 each to 5 lucky people this May 2014, to mark our New Year windfall, lucky for you, your email address was given to us by google management as one of our lucky recipients.

For verification process see below
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Contact our lawyer to approve your payment:
Elite Chambers & Soilicitors
#1 Kings Square,
Liverpool, England.EC4Y 7EQ
Phone: (+44) 702 4095 065
Name: Barrister Paul Carlos Esq.

Send Name, Country, Age, Occupation and Phone Number for details.

Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,
Gillian and Adrian Bayford

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