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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: "Gareth & Catherine Bull" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:54:44 +0700
Subject: From Gareth & Catherine Bull,Congratulations.!!!

My wife and I won the Euro Millions Lottery of 41 Million British Pounds and we
have decided to donate 1.5 million British Pounds to 10 individuals worldwide
as our own charity project. To verify, please see our interview by visiting the
web page below.

Your email address was among the emails which were submitted to us by the
Google, Inc as a web user; if you have received our email please, kindly send us
the below details so that we can issue you a valid bank cheque for 1,500,000.00
pounds in your name or direct our bank to effect the transfer of the funds to
your operational bank account in your country.

Full Name:

Present Address:

Mobile No:





Best Regards,

Gareth & Catherine Bull.

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