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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: British High Commission <>
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2019 02:23:57 -0600

British High Commission
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi 110021.

It is apparent that this letter will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we regret the "neglect" of a legal provision on the award of compensation, the Supreme Court has ordered the British Government through The British High Commission in India, to make sure they adjudge the aspect of compensation in every outstanding Foreign Debts and Un-claimed Funds emanating from UK-INDIA to avoid possible impair/rebranding the British image.

From the records of outstanding Funds beneficiaries submitted to my desk for payment release, your name falls in the 1st category "A" of payment manifest released for the first quarter of 2019.

The British High Commissioner to India (Sir Dominic Asquith) and the entire members and staff of the British High Commission sends their warmest congratulatory message to you this day, on the final approval of your compensation funds as we are pleased to inform you that you are now eligible to receive your $2 Million USD compensation fund.

For Validation Purpose, Forward the Following Information as Listed Below and Send to this
Office through:email (
.Residential address:
.Tel (Mobile):
.Full Names:

(Oscar Mohammed)
British High Commission New Delhi

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