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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.JAMES MARK" <>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:19:42 -0700

your Inheritance
Funds were Re-deposited into the "British Suspense Account" of
Global Bank last week, because you did not Claim your
funds as the Rightful beneficiary in our bank.
These foreigners actually claimed
this beyond reasonable doubts. I had to ask them why they came to see me in person
and they said that they were here to Collect the Inheritance Bill
Sum of One Hundred Million Dollars(US$100,000,000:00) which rightfully
belongs to you, on your behalf.At this development I asked them
who authorized them to come down to London for the
Collection of this Payment and they told me that you asked them
to come and collect this Funds on your Behalf.
yet you sent these men to come and collect this Funds on your behalf without notifying us.
you are required to call our Bank (+44 704 5782 848 or +44-703-590 7815 )
immediately you receive this Confidential Letter.

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