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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: "chris & colin weir" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:24:01 +0200
Subject: £1,500,000.00GBP DONATION

Chris & Colin Weir
North Ayrshire
United kingdom
We are Chris & Colin Weir and we won the EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY of 161million pounds in July 2011. You can view the web link to confirm;
My wife and I have decided to donate a total sum of 12MILLION POUNDS to (5) orphanage/charity organization and (3)
individuals worldwide to improve lives.
Your email was chosen from a random selection by Google Management Team and approved by the committee for this donation scheme and you will be awarded a sum of 1.5million pounds as one of the (3) lucky individuals, to claim your funds contact the BARRISTER MARK WALTER in the United Kingdom with the details, EMAIL:
, PHONE: +447087695539 he will facilitate the payment of your funds to you.
On behalf of me and my wife I want to say congratulations!!
Chris & Colin Weir
North Ayrshire
United kingdom

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