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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: "Mr. Neil Trotter Charity Foundation Fund(s)"
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:45:55 -0700
Subject: Dear Beloved!

Good day!

You might be surprised because we have not met before and am afraid
many things are going on now the internet, but this is the only way I
can thank God for what he has done for me and my family, and also to
help others. My name is Neil Trotter the current winner of £108 million
Pounds on the just concluded Euromillion Jackpot Draw 2014. I have
decided to give One Million Pounds (£1,000,000.00 GBP) each to 10 people
around the world and luckily your email was given to me by Google
management as one of our lucky recipients after the balloting.
Congratulations to you and your Family.
Please visit:, for
more information and reply with your,

Full Name
Residential Address and
Cell Phone number to;

Mr. Raymond Pascal Morgan
Best Regards,
Mr. Neil Trotter.
God Bless You.

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