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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: Oxfam <>
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2015 21:00:07 -1200

Dear E-mail Account User, Congratulations! You e-mail has just won you the =
sum of $1,000,000.00 USD as a charity donations/aid from Oxfam Internationa=
l in conjunction with South African National Lotto. Further information on =
the processing and disbursement of your grant entitlements and alongside th=
e provision of your qualification documentations, will be disclosed to you =
by the National Lottery Secretary, Barrister. Mark Fischer. Please contact =
him with your Qualification Number[OXG /101/231/BDB] as soon as possible. B=
arrister. Mark Fischer National Lotto Secretary Email: oxfamgbuk200@gmail.c=
om CONGRATULATIONS! once again from all staff and board members. Yours fait=
hfully, Robert Cornford (Online Coordinator)

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