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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: Mrs Angela Dirk <>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:13:01 +0100

Ref No: CHI/15-027/11
Batch No: 22/2017/ING
Attn: Dear Sir/Madam,
We are pleased to inform you of the results of the Spainish EUROMILLION =
LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL programs held on 13th of December 2007. With your =
e-mail address attached to Ticket No: 1207 and Lucky No:24-077.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ?750,000.- (Seven =
hundred and fifty thousand Euros) in cash. Congratulations!!!
To begin your claim, do file for the release of your winning by contacting =
your Accredited Claims Agent;
Protective Security Firm Madrid-Spain.
(Foreign Operations Manager) Contact Name: Dr Anthony Smith
Please note that your winnings has to be notarized and your certificate of =
award issued before your prize money is released to you.And all winnings must =
be claimed not later than three weeks after notice is sent.After this date =
all unclaimed winnings will be nullified.
Do not respond to this email,Contact your claims agent now with all necessary =
informations including contact telephone/fax numbers and winning details.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Angela Dirk
Lottery/Promotions Co-ordinator

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