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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: adrian rann <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:41:34 +0100
Subject: lucrative transaction


Though we have not met before,it is with great anticipation of your
co-operation that I write you this proposal.My name is Mr.Adrian
Rann,I am a director with Newbury Building Society,UK.

Currently,there is a lucrative transaction involving the sum of £6.6M
( six million six hundred thousand ) British pounds that I would want
to consummate with you.The nature of the transaction and further
discussions in terms of our partnership will be explained and
concluded as soon as you confirm your interest.

Thanks for taking your time as I look forward to your response and a
fruitful co-operation with you.

Adrian Rann

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