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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: lotterydept52@mchsi.com (UK NATIONAL LOTTERY)
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 12:32:08 +0000
Subject: COGRATULATIONS


We happily announce to you the results draw of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY, Online Sweepstakes International program held 2008.
You have been approved to claim a total sum of{750,000}pounds.
REF: XYL/26510460037/08,
Batch 24/00319/006/IPD.
All participants for the online version were selected
randomly from the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 unions,
associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.
Your e-mail address attached to a-ticket number: 03- 15-19-24-28-34
(with bonus ball17)drew a prize of{750,000}pounds per winner.
This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake.
Contact Our Claim Agent Mr Cliff Johnson
via below EMAIL:agent_cliff_johnson@yahoo.com
with the Following
NAME:
ADDRESS:
AMOUNT WON:
COUNTRY:
PHONE NUMBER
AGE
OCCUPATION:

Congratulations in advance.

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