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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: George <>
Reply-To: George <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:11:03 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello .

 Hello .
I am very glad to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from England. Presently I am in England for investment Projects with my own share of the total

sum but we have a little problem with the British Government as they mandated that we must pay all the taxes up front before the fund will be cleared in my new partners account which we have been trying to raise

the fund to due the amount mentioned by the British Government.

Meanwhile, for this reason I could not be able to make any cash transfer to your nominated bank account as a compensation for your intended to assist me get those fund transferred, so I have instructed my bank

manager to issue a certified bank draft of $2 Million in your name, because I did not forget your past efforts and attempt to assist me in transferring those funds despite the fact that we did not come to the conclusion of

the transaction.

Nevertheless, you should contact my protocol officer,  Mr. Erik Francisco Lugo.  on his Email:

Get in touched with my protocol officer Mr. Erik and instruct him where to send the amount to you and also include your private address and telephone number.  I had Forwarded instruction to my protocol officer on

your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in Touch with Mr. Erik, he will send the amount to you with out any delay.
Best Regards,
George Williams

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