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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: "Christine Weir" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:58:30 +0600
Subject: Hello

Dear Friend
My name is Christine Weir and i live in Scotland, My husband and I scooped 161 million on the EuroMillions lottery in July 2011 - the largest jackpot won in Europe and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of One Million United States Dollars ($1,000,000)  to you as part of our own 2014 charity project to improve the life's of 5 lucky individuals all over the continents of the world. Our Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish groups, individuals or other charities providing services in the country. We are delighted that the Weir Charitable Trust is now open since we won the EuroMillions lottery, it has been a privilege to be in a position to provide support where we could and we have been looking at finding a more structured way to share our good fortune on an ongoing basis across Scotland.
You can verify our winnings, please see our interview by visiting the web page below:
This idea of compensating 5 lucky people was originated by me and i want this to be confidential to avoid public and government official notice. I have secretly deposited the sum of $1,000,000.00 in an Offshore Account which is ready to be released to you once you contact my lawyer Mr. Willie Banks with the following information below:
Name: Mr. Willie Banks
Contact him now and send him (1) Your full names, (2) Your contact Address, (3) Your mobile phone numbers, (4) Occupation, so he can guide you on receiving your compensated funds nominated to you as part of my personal charity.
I know you must be excited and very happy about this news you have just received from me and the truth is that i am secretly doing this to put smiles into homes and hearts of people worldwide. Once again congratulation from all staff of Weir Charitable Trust.
To know more about me please view my biography:,_Chris
Christine Weir
Weir Charitable Trust
27 Maritime Street
Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6SE

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