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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 10:13:38 +0000

New Day Lottery Service

Low Street, Sunderland,

SR1 2AD England


Dear New Day Lottery Winner,

This is to formarly notify you that you have just won 645,864.857 EUR in an internet lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked Randomly by software powered by the Internet Your email address was amongst those chosen this year. This promo is proudly sponsored by the New Day Lottery Service organization.Your email address, attached to JOKER: 245428,with EXTRA JOKER : 235881 drew the WINNING REFRENCE NUMBERS 8-12-16-26-36-39+3,and consequently won the lottery in the "B" Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of (645,864.857 EUR) which is equivalent to  440,081.947 GBP.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European Booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. To this end, your 645,864.857 EUR. will be released to you with the help of our payment officer who will commence the verification and payment of your funds as soon as you contact him .

Name: Steve Cross



For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your funds remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to Claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remenber to quote your JOKER NUMBER & WINNING REFRENCE NUMBERS in any correspondences with our payments officer. Congratulations once more from all members and staff of This program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.


New Day Lottery Team.


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