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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:

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 06:44:24 +0200
Subject: {Disarmed} Ref: UK/9420X2/68 Batch: 074/05/ZY369

Ref: UK/9420X2/68 Batch: 074/05/ZY369 []

We happily announce to you the draw (#1164) of the UK LOTTERY,held on
Wednesday 24th March, 2007.

Your e-mail which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 800,000 GBP
Your e-mail address attached to ticket no.: 56475600545 188 with Serial
no. 5368/02drew the lucky no.:01.02.04 .32.42. 43. {23} Bonus Ball.

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims
officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:

Mr Mark Jefferson
Tel: (+44)704 571 1471
Email: []
Congratulations once again!
Warm Regards
Lorraine Dodds
Online Co-ordinator.

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