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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 Mark Draymond" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:40:15 +0700

Headquarters,2 Kingdom St London, United Kingdom
Your email has been selected among the five lucky-winners
of the RIA MONEY Inc.UK  Company Ltd United Kingdom, for 500,000.00 GBP. (five hundred thousand great Britain pounds).
This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services, all the
worldwide email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly selected from an internet resource database of registered software, Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, Ymail and other domain users, and your EMAIL address appears on the Microsoft Machine as the winner of the 2014 RIA MONEY yearly promotional Award Prize cheque of  500,000.00 GBP. (five hundred thousand great Britain pounds)
In line with the rules of claims, simply reply and fill up the below and send to:  ..............
Full Name:
Mobile Number: Nationality: Address:
House Telephone: Age:
Occupation: Sex:
Marital Status:
The Financial Manager of the RIA MONEY Headquarters in UK, has already
deposited the Award Prize Cheque of 500,000.00 GBP  (five hundred thousand great britain pounds) to the our paying bank, and has also instructed them to send you a certified cheque or a visa ATM card, Make sure you provide your current Residence or office Address which they will use to send the parcel to you through any registered Courier Delivery services.
As soon as you received this Cheque, simply deposit it to any Bank in your country so that the Bank will pay you the cash sum of  500,000.00 GBP (five hundred thousand great britain pounds)  immediately after the confirmation of the Cheque from the corresponding International Bank that issued it.
Please do update us as soon as the Bank in your country pays you the cash sum of 500,000.00 GBP.
Kind Regards,
Mr Mark Draymond

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