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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: " Timothy Jones FCA - Non-executive Director (Finance Director)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:29:34 -0700

Attn: Respective Friend.
I am the chief operations manager of, Falkland oil and Gas marketing company, and by the virtue, as the chief operations manager .I got your contact address from an associate working with the London export promotional council and decided to propose this business am seeking your assistance in remittance of, 15, 000, 000, 00 British Pounds, to your account for private investment purpose, hence my request for your assistance.
The fund to be transferred into your account accrued from an over-invoiced contract amount awarded for servicing of our depot and valves for storage of product all over our branches here in London. The contract which was originally valued for, 127, 000, 000,00. British pounds, was manipulated to read, 142, 000, 000, 00.British pounds, the extra, 15, 000, 000, 00. British pound, is what i want to transfer to your account, the contractors has been paid all their contract bills remaining this 15, 000, 000, 00.British pounds
I have resolved that you take 30% of the total amount for your assistance because it is impossible for me to claim the over invoiced amount here in London without your assistance. In addition 10% has been mapped out for any miscellaneous expenses incurred by me and you during this business.
All modalities to effect the payment and subsequent transfer of this money has been worked out, so this transaction is 100% risk free, though you are required to treat with strictest confidence ,on my acceptance send to me your confidential fax line and phone for speedy correspondence.
I am looking forward to doing business with you. Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Timothy Jones
FCA - Non-executive Director (Finance Director),
Falkland Oil and Gas Limited
8th Floor
101 Wigmore Street

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