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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: marc_steven001 steven <>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 17:29:45 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dear Lucky Winner

Canadian National Lottery (Lotto lore)
Address: 2nd Floor Chiltern House St Nicholas Court
25 - 27 Castlegate Nottingham NG1 7AR, United Kingdom
Winning notification

Dear Lucky Winner
We happily announce to you the result of the National Lotto 6/49
lottery draws held on Sat, Sept 15 , 2007,Lotto 6/49- Lotto 6/49 in Essex
United Kingdom and Ontario, Canada. All participants were selected
randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted
from over 10,000,00 companies and personal e-mail addresses.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560 4545 100 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 9, 39, 40, 43, 46, 48, Bonus
24# You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$800,000.In cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/04.

Please note that your lucky winning numbers fall within our African
booklet representative office in Nigeria as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your US$800,000. Would be released to you by an
accredited commercial Bank in Africa. Our African agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as
you contact their office. To file for your claim, please contact our
corresponding agent in Africa immediately you read this message for quick
and urgent release of your fund,
Contact information is as follow: -

Name: mary johnson
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program
to all that have successfully won this competition and thank you for
being part of our promotional lottery program.
Yours Sincerely,
marc steven.

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