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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: "Oxfam GB (UK)" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:04:40 +0100

Dear E-mail Account User,

Congratulations! You e-mail has just won. You have been entitled to £350,000.00
Great Britain Pounds as a charity donations/aid from Oxfam GB (UK) International
Further information on the processing and disbursement of your grant entitlements,
alongside the provision of your qualification documentations, will be disclosed to
you by the National Secretary of the foundation, Dr. Thomas Best.

Please contact him with your Qualification Number[OXG /101/231/BDB] as soon as possible.

Dr. Thomas Best
National Secretary

CONGRATULATIONS! once again from all staff and board members.
Yours faithfully,
Robert Cornford
(Online Coordinator)

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