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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: "Adrain Bayford" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 23:27:07 +0200
Subject: Donation from Adrian Bayford.

My wife and I won 148.6 Million Pounds on the
10/08/2012Euro Millions
Lottery jackpot,
And we have done lot of charity donation, so we have decided
to give out
Each to 5 lucky people this March 2017, to mark our New-Year
Lucky for you, your email address was given to us by random
Internet search
One of our lucky recipients.
For verification process see below
Please read the article -
Kindly send to us your Full Name, Country, Age and Phone
Number for details and we will get back to you with more
Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,
Gillian and Adrian Bayford

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