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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: terry.allen39@gmail.com
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:24:04 +0000
Subject: FILE IN YOUR CLAIMS


FILE IN YOUR CLAIMS

Reply to :terry.allen39@gmail.com

We happily announce to your lottery winnings 20TH JULY 2009 2009.in London.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the luckynumbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have been approved to claim a total sum of ($2.5 million United States Dollars) in cash.

Please get back to us.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sincerely,
Terry Allen.
British Lottery Coordinator.
Email:terry.allen39@gmail.com



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