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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: "HM Revenue and Customs Unit" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:30:37 -0400

>From The Desk of The Co-Ordinator
Her Majesty Revenue and Customs Unit
In Conjunction with Unclaimed Property Division
34 Alexandre road, Barnstaple North Devon EX32 7BZ, United Kingdom, England.

Attn: Beneficiary,


I am Mrs. Candy Napier, the secretary to Rev. Father Scott Lee I was
instructed to initiate contact with you by my overseer from Her Majesty Revenue
and Customs Unit United Kingdom, England. On an urgent issue, kindly note that
your funds were re -called and re-deposited into the "federal suspense account"
of Her Majesty Revenue and Customs Unit last week, because you did not forward
your claim as the right beneficiary.

My overseer Rev. Father Scott Lee, was visited in his office by three
gentlemen today, really these men were unexpected by him because their visit was
impromptu. He had to ask them why they came to see him in person and they said
that they came to collect the inheritance / contract funds bill sum of us $11
million which rightfully belongs to you as shown in your file with us, on your
behalf and by your authorization.

Note that they actually tendered some vital documents which proved that you
actually sent them for the collection of these funds Below is list of the
documents which they tendered to this office today.:


Due to the nature of his job, he cannot afford to make any mistake in
releasing these funds to anyone except you who is the recognized true
beneficiary to these funds. Note that my boss has asked these men to come back
tomorrow so he can verify this fact from you first. Kindly clarify us on this
issue before we make this payment to these foreigners whom came on your behalf.

Kindly direct your response to the private email address of my boss, of Her
Majesty Revenue and Customs Unit United Kingdom, England, below for quicker
deliberation and response from him on the release of your funds to you. Please
remember to indicate a phone number he can reach you on in your response.

Note that for security reasons you have been assigned a code / password which
is {UK014ENG}, please note that this code is the reference number for your
transfer and it's being disclosed to you alone, guard this jealously and all
your email response should carry this code as the subject.

Yours faithfully
Mrs. Candy Napier.

Rev. Father Scott Lee
Unclaimed Property Division

Statement of confidentiality: "the information in this email and in any
attachments may contain confidential information and is intended solely for the
attention and use of the named addressee (s) It may not be disclosed to any
person without authorization If you are not.. the intended recipient, or a
person responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient you are not
authorized to and must not disclose, copy, distribute or retain this message or
any part of it.

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