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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:

Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:12:14 +0000
Subject: Reference code(s): G.B.C. 0097 H.C.A.

Good day

Please I want you to help me receive a huge amount left by my dead
client in a bank here in London. I am bankrupt and desperately need
money which is why i am trying to claim the money with your help and
we can share. Moreover if nobody claims the money the government will
confiscate it. You can see the attached Power of Attorney given to me
by late Sergey Pletnev and his driver's license to know more about
this business and its authenticity. I will give you further details
and documents to proof the authentic nature of this business when i
get your response

George Whitlock
Phone: +447086466006
Skype: whitlockg

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