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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: "Scotland Yard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:18:44 +0530
Subject: Reference

London Scotland Yard /Scam Victims
Cyber Wiretap & Funds Recovery Department
Online  Internet Fraud & Scam Unit
Broadway, London SW1H 0BG-England,UK
Reference “Email id”
Firstly we introduce this commission, “London Scotland Yard”. We fight cyber crime, internet fraud, scam and money laundering in Africa, London and United State. Our commission has been in existences since 2002 and our duty is to stop internet fraud. We have over 7,500 fraudsters in our prisons around UK and we are still on the lookout for these internet fraudsters. We are aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived and huge amounts of money have been lost to these fraudsters.
The Leaders of the UK Crime Fighters, London Scotland Yard has come together to inform the world what is going on now and we have recovered over $ 422 Million Dollars (Four Hundred and Twenty two Million Dollars) from the people we have apprehended. Your reference Email id was given to us by one of the fraudsters in our detention room after serious investigation and our aim is to refund all lost funds to its legitimate owner.
The Government has approved a total of Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US $ 500,000.00), as compensation of the loss that you have incurred as this was a ceiling rate. Some suffered more while others suffered less and the idea is to restore back to you the position that you would have been if not defrauded, In addition to this, approved in your favor is One Million US Dollars (US $1,000.00), this amount has been credited via royal Bank of Scotland ATM MasterCard and registered with British Airways World Cargo  along with your payment authorized documents to be delivered to your home address.  This method was adopted to evade unnecessary delays from the Ministry of Finance and some other Governmental Agencies.
We still seek for others who feel they are wise and hope that you will be of assistance by giving us more information as per clue in apprehending the culprits. To redeem your compensation  we hereby advise you to reconfirm your delivery details such as  Full Name address, Present occupation, Current mobile phone number Passport /identity card (scan copy)  upon communication with British Airways  World Cargo Dispatch Officer: Mr. Leo Jasper, Email:
Inspector Andrew Scott
Interpol & Scam Victims
NB: (confidential) if this email is received accidentally and you are not a scam victim, please Ignore and do not respond

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