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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: Angel Alexendra <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 04:55:56 +0100
Subject: Congratulations!!!!

>From Awards Department
45 PleinMuiden , Sloterdijk
Postbus 8462
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dear Sir/Madam,
We are grateful to inform you of the result of UNIVERSAL LOTTERY AWARDS held on 4th November 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 7427097454 with serial number 68529-7544 drew lucky numbers 952434056 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 700,000.00(Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 70,000 company and 42,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year.
We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD38 million International Promotion lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our or email us at:


Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 25th November 2006. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications endeavor to quote your reference and batch numbers in all first correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year 30 million dollars international lottery.
Once more from our members of staff, we thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Sincerely yours,

Angel Alexandra
NB: We are very sorry for the delay!!!

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