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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: Nupert Brown <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 01:49:37 -0600

ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY 1-3 Leinster Gardens, London W2 6DP London FROM: THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR (WINNING NOTIFICATION DEPT.) Dear Winner, We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY held on for this year's EASTER is now available for claims. Your e-mail address with serial number: 56475600545 won the lottery.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $ 1.100000(One million,One hundred Thousand Dollars). NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A TICKET LOTTERY AND THE e-mails addresses of all participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites, Email directories, the email key index server and a host of other sources where both newly registred and old emails through computer draw system. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our African booklet. In view of this, your$ 1.100000 (One million,One hundred Thousand Dollars) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Africa. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you.This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent: Dr Mason Ryan Email: Endeavor to email him your: Full names Age Sex occupation Country Contact address Phone number Congratulations from me and members of staff of ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY Yours faithfully, JACK GWEEN Online coordinator. Sweepstakes International Program.
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