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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: Neil Trotter <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:18:34 +0100
Subject: Neil Trotter Donation!!

My wife and I won 108 Million Pounds this year and we have done
lot of charity donations, so we have decided to give out $2,000,000.00
each to 5 lucky people this 2015, to mark our Year windfall, lucky for

your email address was given to us by google management as one of our
lucky recipients.

Please read the article

For verification process see below:
Contact our lawyer to verify and approve your payment:

Contact our lawyer to approve your payment:
Elite Chambers & Soilicitors
#1 Kings Square,
Liverpool, England.EC4Y 7EQ
Phone: (+44) 702 4095 065
Name: Barrister Paul Carlos Esq.

Yours Faithfully,
Neil Trotter.

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